Safari LTD | Wild Safari Prehistoric World ~ BRACHIOSAURUS
The first Brachiosaurs skeleton was discovered in 1900 in Colorado by a collecting crew from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and was described and named in 1903 by Elmer Riggs. The skeleton was incomplete, so Riggs wasn’t sure exactly what Brachiosaurus looked like. Unfortunately, Brachiosaurus is a rare dinosaur. Very few additional bones have been found over the years, so the picture remains incomplete. Fortunately, skeletons of a closely related sauropod called Giraffatitan from Africa had the missing bones, so these were copied and added to the incomplete skeleton of Brachiosaurus, completing the puzzle. This composite skeleton was exhibited at the Field Museum of Natural history until it was moved to O’Hare International Airport to make room for ‘SUE’, the famous Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.
Brachiosaurus was a large sauropod dinosaur that lived during the Late Jurassic (155-150 million years ago) in what is now western North America.
- Scientific Name: Brachiosaurus
- Characteristics: Brachiosaurus was one of the largest dinosaurs, about 85 feet (26 metres) in length, and weighed about 35 metric tons. It had a very small head, long neck and tail, and walked on all fours. Unlike all other four footed dinosaurs, the front legs of Brachiosaurus were longer, rather than shorter, than the hind legs. In combination with its long neck, this allowed Brachiosaurus to reach leaves at least 30 metres (9 metres) into the forest canopy, giving it a big advantage over all other herbivorous dinosaurs.
- Size and color: This model is 9 inches long and 8 inches high. Its bright green in color would have made it quite easy to see at a distance unless it was standing amongst tall trees, but its huge size would have protected it from all but the largest predators.
- The Brachiosaurus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
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