Brachiosaurus

"Brachiosaurus"
2001
Illustration board
8"x7"

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Publication History


Essay

Brachiosaurus was one of the biggest animals that has ever lived. Its front legs were longer than its hind legs giving Brachiosaurus a more upright stance than most sauropods. This dinosaur could raise its head almost forty feet off the ground and must have looked like a titanic, reptilian giraffe. However, since Brachiosaurus lived over a hundred million years before the first giraffe appeared, it may be more appropriate to say that giraffes are tiny, mammalian versions of Brachiosaurus!

The figure of a six-foot tall man helps illustrate how immense this creature was.

Vital Statistics

Genus Name: Brachiosaurus ("arm lizard")
Type Species: * B. altithorax (Riggs, 1903)
Length: 65-90 feet (20-27 meters)
Weight: 30-70 tons
Time: 155-150 million years ago (Late Jurassic)
Place: Utah, Colorado, Portugal, Tanzania
Diet: plant-eater (herbivore)


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