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Brachiosaurus altithorax

 
Most images and reconstructions of Brachiosaurus are based on the specimen displayed in the Berlin Natural History Museum. The specimen was originally identified as an african species of Brachiosaurus however the specimen has now been identified as the dinosaur Giraffatitan.
 
 

Name


Brachiosaurus altithorax


Authority   


Riggs, 1903


Meaning of the generic name


Arm lizard


Size


Length: 25 m


Remains


Holotype (FMNH P25107): postcranial skeleton

Referred specimens: Partial skeletons


Age and Distribution


Horizon: Morrison Formation, Brushy Basin Member, Upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian-Tithonian)

Locality: Mesa County, Colorado, US


Classification


Dinosauria Saurischia Sauropodomorpha Sauropoda Macronaria Brachiosauridae

  Further Reading

 
Taylor, M.P. (2009). "A Re-evaluation of Brachiosaurus altithorax Riggs 1903 (Dinosauria, Sauropod) and its generic separation from Giraffatitan brancai (Janensh 1914)." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 29(3): 787-806.

Hanns-Christian Gunga, Tim Suthau, Anke Bellmann, Stefan Stoinski, Andreas Friedrich, Tobias Trippel, Karl Kirsch, Olaf Hellwich. 2008. A new body mass estimation of Brachiosaurus brancai Janensch, 1914 mounted and exhibited at the Museum of Natural History (Berlin, Germany). WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Volume 11 Issue 1, Pages 33 - 38

  Synonyms

   





Illustration by N. Tamura
 
 

Brachiosaurus altithorax illustration by D. Bogdanov


 

                                                   Illustration by N. Tamura
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