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A subfamily, the Diplodocinae, was erected to include Diplodocus and its closest relatives, including Barosaurus.More distantly related is the contemporaneous Apatosaurus, which is still considered a diplodocid, although not a diplodocine, as it is a member of the subfamily Apatosaurinae.) is an extinct genus of diplodocid sauropod dinosaurs whose fossils were first discovered in 1877 by S. Chevron bones of this particular form were initially believed to be unique to Diplodocus; since then they have been discovered in other members of the diplodocid family as well as in nondiplodocid sauropods, such as Mamenchisaurus.

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assumed that the animal was aquatic, because of the position of its nasal openings at the apex of the cranium.

Similar aquatic behavior was commonly depicted for other large sauropods, such as Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus. Kermack indicates that sauropods probably could not have breathed through their nostrils when the rest of the body was submerged, as the water pressure on the chest wall would be too great.

No skull has ever been found that can be confidently said to belong to Diplodocus, though skulls of other diplodocids closely related to Diplodocus (such as Galeamopus) are well known.

The skulls of diplodocids were very small compared with the size of these animals.

Diplodocus had small, 'peg'-like teeth that pointed forward and were only present in the anterior sections of the jaws.

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