The name Brachiosaurus comes from the Greek words meaning ‘arm’ and ‘lizard’ because, unlike most other dinosaurs, the front legs of Brachiosaurus were longer than the hind legs. The Brachiosaurus is a type of dinosaur known as a Sauropod, which are famous for reaching incredible sizes. Other members of the Sauropod family include the Diplodocus and Apatosaurus. Paleontologists have identified only one complete Brachiosaurus skull.
FACTS & STATS:
HOW TO SAY IT: Brack-ee-owe-SORE-uss
LENGTH: 80 - 85 ft (24 - 26 m)
HEIGHT: 40 - 50 ft (12 - 16 m)
WEIGHT: 35 tons
PERIOD: Late Jurassic Period (156-145 MYA)
DIET: Herbivore, plant eater
WHERE FOUND: Colorado, Africa, Europe
Image Description: A cast of a Brachiosaurus skeleton at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois.
Image Description: The Brachiosaurus was 40-50 feet tall and could weigh up to 80-110 tons - that is about as heavy as 14 elephants!