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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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Media
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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 • Andre • 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 MegalosaurusThe Mating DanceHurling DayHigh NoonThe Howling

Season Two: The Golden ChildFamily ChallengeI Never Ate for My FatherCharlene's TaleEndangered SpeciesEmployee of the MonthWhen Food Goes BadCareer OpportunitiesUnmarried... with ChildrenHow to Pick Up GirlsSwitched at BirthRefrigerator DayWhat "Sexual" Harris MeantFran LivePower EruptsThe Clip ShowA New LeafThe Last Temptation of EthylNuts to WarAnd the Winner is...Slave to FashionLeader of the PackWESAYSO Knows Best
Season Three: Nature CallsBaby TalkNetwork GeniusThe DiscoveryLittle Boy BooGerm WarfareHungry for LoveLicense to ParentCharlene's Flat WorldWilderness WeekendThe Son Also RisesGetting to Know YouGreen CardOut of the Frying PanSteroids to HeavenHoney, I Miss the KidsSwamp MusicDirty Dancin'If I Were a TreeWe Are Not AloneCharlene and Her Amazing HumansThe Clip Show II
Season Four: Monster Under the BedEarl, Don't Be a HeroThe Greatest Story Ever SoldDriving Miss EthylEarl's Big JackpotTerrible TwosChanging Nature
Unaired: Scent of a ReptileEarl and PearlLife in the Faust LaneVariations on a Theme ParkWorking GirlInto the WoodsGeorgie 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