Brachiosaurus Facts

Below are some of the facts about Brachiosaurus:

  • The Brachiosaurus belonged to the sauropods and were giraffe like animals.
  • The sauropods were the long-necked dinosaurs whose hind legs were a bit longer than the forelimbs. The most striking feature of the brachiosaurus was their tall burly arms.
  • The Brachiosaurus were mainly active in the region that is North America today.
  • They were found during the Jurassic era that reign before 156 to 145 million years ago.
  • They were mainly herbivores and for their energy they relied upon the cycads and the conifers.
  • They were considered as Giraffe like animal because of their height. Some of them were even 3 feet tall.
  • Not only in height were they big in terms of weight too. They weigh something around 33 to 80 tons and that is equal to that of four animals.
  • American paleontologist Elmer Rigs found the first Brachiosaurus fossil in 1900. It was found in one of the premier fossil hotspot at Morrison formation In Colorado, America.
  • It was named ‘brachiosaurus’ that means ‘arm lizard.’ Riggs suggested this name because he thought that based on the front legs as arms that were quite long.
  • Not only in Colorado, the fossils of Brachiosaurus is other parts of America too that included Oklahoma, Wyoming and Utah. There are even traces of this dinosaurs at other nations too like Algeria and Portugal.
  • To view the finest Brachiosaurus visit the ‘Museum für Naturkunde’ in Berlin. This animal was found by a German paleontologist Werner Janensch in Tanzania, an east African country.
  • In order to support its large size the Brachiosaurus used to eat a lot. It is believed that they must have eaten at least 400 pounds of plants every day.
  • They had chisel shaped teeth on their jaws that amounted to 26 at the top and 26 at the bottom. This type of teeth helped them to eat the conifers from the trees.
  • It is believed that the Brachiosaurus were warm blooded animals. They were able to maintain the body temperature around 38 to 45 degrees centigrade.
  • They lived in herds and once the food in any particular area finished they moved to a new area with more vegetation.
  • Although the Brachiosaurus were very large at size they didn’t had much big brain. It is believed that they were not that intelligent.
  • When discovered for the first time it was declared that the Brachiosaurus were the biggest sauropods but with time this theory proved wrong.