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Monica DeVertebrae is the Apatosaurus who lives next door to Earl and Fran Sinclair on Dinosaurs. She was voiced by Suzie Plakson and puppeteered by Julianne Buescher.

Role in the series

Introduced in the second season episode "Unmarried... with Children", Monica is a career woman, a real estate agent selling the house next door.

Monica also holds the distinction of being the first dinosaur to divorce her husband, deciding not to renew her marriage license. As a four-legged dinosaur (only her neck and head are ever shown), she often encounters racial prejudice.

Earl generally thinks of Monica as a radical, filling Fran's mind with wild ideas about independence. Her strong will and refusal to let dinosaur misogyny affect her role in the work place led to the "Sexual Harris" hearings in "What 'Sexual Harris' Meant". Roy Hess has a crush on her and in "Green Card", they briefly marry so Monica can stay in Pangaea.

Monica was the only "film-style" bodiless puppet on set, requiring a team of 4-5 puppeteers to operate the massive cables needed to move her neck joints, steady the fulcrum and roll her in and out of the window.

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Characters
Main: Earl SinclairFran SinclairRobbie SinclairCharlene SinclairBaby Sinclair

Supporting: Ethyl PhillipsRoy HessBradley P. RichfieldMonica DeVertebraeSpikeMindyHoward Handupme
Others: Mr. AshlandMel LusterDinosaur ChiefGaryBuddy GlimmerPredator • Graptolites • SparkyGeneral ChowCabbyMauriceCaroline FoxworthSolomon the GreatRamonaGus MolehillGlenda Molehill • Richard • Al "Sexual" HarrisOtto LynchMason DixonBarry WolfeHarold HefferJerry ValentineGrandpa Louie • Lucius • Cookie CreatureGeneral H. Norman ConquestEdward R. HeroFox JacketHeather Worthington • Pterodactyl • André • Richard Simmons Dinosaur • Shelly • Larry • Stu Boombird • Ted Hardshell • Baby CuddlebunnyWeremanDr. FicusZabarWendy RichfieldMuseHenri and Simone PouponFrancois PouponChief Elder • Raoul • Leeza • Sally • DolfHowlin' JaySonny • Ty Warner • Kyle • Hank Hibler • IgorWinstonDr. HerderThe BabysitterBlarneyDr. Elliott PiagetBertStanBryantKatie • Les • Ray GherkinMoola the Cash CowThe Devil • Jean-Claude • Brigitte • GeorgieCavepeopleCavelingsLing Ling and Chang ChangMr. UghMiss HoneywellSir David Tushingham

Episodes
Season One: "The Mighty Megalosaurus" • "The Mating Dance" • "Hurling Day" • "High Noon" • "The Howling"

Season Two: "The Golden Child" • "Family Challenge" • "I Never Ate for My Father" • "Charlene's Tale" • "Endangered Species" • "Employee of the Month" • "When Food Goes Bad" • "Career Opportunities" • "Unmarried... with Children" • "How to Pick Up Girls" • "Switched at Birth" • "Refrigerator Day" • "What "Sexual" Harris Meant" • "Fran Live" • "Power Erupts" • "The Clip Show" • "A New Leaf" • "The Last Temptation of Ethyl" • "Nuts to War" • "And the Winner is..." • "Slave to Fashion" • "Leader of the Pack" • "WESAYSO Knows Best"
Season Three: "Nature Calls" • "Baby Talk" • "Network Genius" • "The Discovery" • "Little Boy Boo" • "Germ Warfare" • "Hungry for Love" • "License to Parent" • "Charlene's Flat World" • "Wilderness Weekend" • "The Son Also Rises" • "Getting to Know You" • "Green Card" • "Out of the Frying Pan" • "Steroids to Heaven" • "Honey, I Miss the Kids" • "Swamp Music" • "Dirty Dancin'" • "If I Were a Tree" • "We Are Not Alone" • "Charlene and Her Amazing Humans" • "The Clip Show II"
Season Four: "Monster Under the Bed" • "Earl, Don't Be a Hero" • "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" • "Driving Miss Ethyl" • "Earl's Big Jackpot" • "Terrible Twos" • "Changing Nature"
Unaired: "Scent of a Reptile" • "Earl and Pearl" • "Life in the Faust Lane" • "Variations on a Theme Park" • "Working Girl" • "Into the Woods" • "Georgie Must Die!"

Locations
PangaeaThe Sinclair HomeSinclair CityWESAYSOB.P. Richfield's TrailerBob LaBrea High SchoolMel Luster's Mating Dance AcademyDepartment of Marriage VowsAbsolute Proof LaboratoriesKave MartLe PredateurMeteor Tiki Lounge • Office of Male Supremacy • Silent SpringsWesaysoland
Miscellaneous
Dinosaur TVDNNDTVAntediluvian Broadcasting CompanyThe Great Potato