A Picture of Brachiosaurus altithorax

Brachiosaurus Facts

  • Species Type: Brachiosaurus altithorax
  • Type of Dinosaur: Sauropod
  • Period: Late Jurassic
  • Diet: Foliage (herbivorous)
  • Life Span: 100 years (roughly)
  • Length: 59 to 69 feet
  • Weight: 28 to 62 tons

13 Brachiosaurus Facts for Kids

  1. The Brachiosaurus was discovered in 1900 by Elmer S. Riggs in Colorado.
  2. The Brachiosaurus got its scientific name Brachiosaurus altithorax 1903 by Elmer S. Riggs.
  3. The name Brachiosaurus means: Arm Lizard.
  4. The name Brachiosaurus is pronounced: "BRACK-ee-uh-SAWR-us".
  5. The Brachiosaurus was part of a group of dinosaurs known as sauropods.
  6. They lived during the Late Jurassic period about 153 to 154 million years ago in North America.
  7. Estimates put the weight of a Brachiosaurus between 28 and 62 tons.
  8. Estimates put the length of a Brachiosaurus between 59 and 69 feet.
  9. Estimate put the life span of a Brachiosaurus around 100 years.
  10. The Brachiosaurus was a high browsing herbivore and ate foliage at the top of tree canopies.
  11. A fully grown Brachiosaurus probably had no predators. The average size of an apex predator living during the same period would of only been half the size.
  12. In 1991, a main belt asteroid was named 9954 Brachiosaurus after this dinosaur.
  13. In 1993, in the motion picture Jurassic Park, the Brachiosaurus was the first dinosaur to appear in a movie through the use of computer generation.

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