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Brachiosaurus: Dinosaur Quick Facts


Brachiosaurus was one of the tallest and largest dinosaurs yet found. It had a long neck, small head, and relatively short, thick tail. Like other Brachiosaurids, it had chisel-like teeth, its nostrils were on the top of its head, and it had large nasal openings indicating that it may have had a good sense of smell.

The name Brachiosaurus:

Meaning – Brachiosaurus means “Arm lizard”
Named By – Elmer S. Riggs
When Named – 1903

What did the Brachiosaurus eat?

The Brachiosaurus was strictly a herbivore, meaning it ate only plants such as conifers, cycads, and ginkgos.

How big was the Brachiosaurus?

Length – 80-85 feet long
Height – 40-50 feet tall at the head
Weight – 33-88 tons

When did the Brachiosaurus live?

The Brachiosaurus lived during the late Jurassic period, about 156-145 million years ago.

Where did the Brachiosaurus live?

It isn’t known exactly where the Brachiosaurus lived, but we can get an idea due to the fact that fossils from the Brachiosaurus have been found in Colorado, Tanzania, AfricaPortugal, and parts of Europe.

Where have Brachiosaurus fossils been found?

A few incomplete fossils have been found but these fossils were found without the skulls included.

What is the classification of the Brachiosaurus?

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Archosauria
Order Saurischia
Suborder Sauropoda
Family Brachiosauridae giraffe-stanced sauropods
Genus Brachiosaurus
Species B. altithorax

Interesting Facts About the Brachiosaurus:

Unlike most other dinosaurs, the front legs of Brachiosaurus were longer than the hind legs which earned it the name “arm lizard.”