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Brachiosaurus - biggest plant-eating dinosaur

Brachiosaurus, (meaning "arm lizard", because its front legs were longer that the hind legs) is a genus of herbivorous dinosaurs that lived in the Late Jurassic period, 150 million years ago. It is one of the tallest and largest animals to have roamed the Earth.

Brachiosaurus was a four-legged animal with a small skull, long neck, large trunk, elongated muscular tail, and slender, columnar limbs. It was about 26 m long and weighed between 30 and 80 tons. Its unusual front legs,  together with its very long neck, gave it a giraffe-like stance and extraordinary height, up to 16 m (!)

Brachiosaurus was a plant-eater, picking at the top of tall trees with its chisel-shaped teeth. It swallowed its food whole, without chewing it, digesting the plant material in its gut. It had a claw on the first toe of each front foot, and claws on the first three toes of each rear foot (each foot had five toes with fleshy pads).

Brachiosaurus was first discovered in Colorado, USA, in 1900. Later on many fossils of this prehistoric animal have been found in North America and Africa.

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