Brachiosaurus

Brachiosaurus

Brachiosaurus (Pronounced: Brack-ee-owe-sore-uss)

Brachiosaurus means “Arm Reptile” – a name this dinosaur got thanks to it having longer forelegs than hind legs, something that made it different from other large, plant-eating Sauropods. They lived during the late Jurassic Period, around 155 million years ago.

Being the biggest and heaviest land animal ever discovered, Brachiosaurus would have been a very hungry dinosaur, always looking for its next meal. It had an amazingly long neck – so long, it could reach as high up as a five-story building. This meant that it could reach and munch all sorts of plants without needing to move very far.

Another unusual feature of this dinosaur was its nostrils, which were located on the top of its head – rather than on its face. This made sniffing out food far easier for Brachiosaurus, making it more effective at finding its next meal.

Brachiosaurus is also the largest known dinosaur that we have found a complete skeleton of – measuring 79 ft (24 m) in length, 39 ft (12 m) in height and weighing in at an impressive 110,000 lbs (50,000 kg). This skeleton can be seen in Berlin, Germany at the Museum Fuernatur Kunde.

Brachiosaurus facts

How long was Brachiosaurus?
85 ft (25 m)

How heavy was Brachiosaurus?
160,000 lbs (80,000 kg)

What family of dinosaur does Brachiosaurus belong to?
Sauropoda

What did Brachiosaurus eat?
Plants

How long ago did Brachiosaurus live?
155 million years ago

In what period did Brachiosaurus live?
Late Jurassic

Where did Brachiosaurus live?
Africa, Europe, North America

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