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BRACHIOSAURUS

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Brachiosaurus

Meaning: Arm Lizard

Period: 156-144 Million Years Ago, Late Jurassic period

Discovered: United States; Utah, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Colorado

Height: 50 feet

Length: 85 feet

Weight: 40 – 50 tons

Diet: Plant eater

A Head above the Others

This huge plant eater was 8 to10 times heavier than an elephant and two and a half times taller than a giraffe. If it were alive today, it could look into a window on the fifth floor of a building.

Brachiosaurus was also a big eater. Like a giraffe, it travelled in herds, eating the leaves at the top of trees. Its teeth were designed for cutting, so it swallowed its food whole. It ate between 440 and 880 pounds of plants per day! By comparison, an adult giraffe eats about 75 pounds of browse each day.


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