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The Brachiosaur Parade by Paleo-King The Brachiosaur Parade by Paleo-King
2009 Paleo-King

Featured on The Paleo King [link] and SV-POW [link] - it's the Big Bad Brachiosaur Parade!

The fourteen best-known brachiosaur genera as of mid-2009 (before Abydosaurus and Qiaowanlong were described - sheesh, I wish they'd been discovered and described a few months earlier!). All brachiosaurs drawn to scale with the largest known T. rex specimen (MOR 008, not Sue) and labeled for easy reference 8-)

Here's the lineup:

Volkheimeria
Lapparentosaurus
Daanosaurus
Bothriospondylus
Lusotitan
Brachiosaurus

"the Archbishop"
Pelorosaurus
Pleurocoelus
Cedarosaurus
Sonorasaurus
Sauroposeidon
Breviparopus
Europasaurus



The footprints at the bottom are those of Pleurocoelus and Breviparopus.

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Note: The "Brachiosaurus" shown here was B. brancai, which is now formally known as Giraffatitan (though the alternate name has been used since 1988, first and foremost by Gregory Paul). However, the type species B. altithorax was of similar average size.

The entire sequence is roughly in order from the earliest brachiosaurs to the last, with the exception of the basal dwarf brachiosaur Europasaurus.
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic illustration. I grew up thinking Brachiosaurus was the tallest dinosaur. But now.....wow! Just look at the size of these beasts! 

And little Europosaurus XD I'd ride her to school. 
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes Europasaurus is pretty cute. But it's not the smallest brachiosaur anymore, apparently. The Croatian Dwarf is even smaller.

There are a number of dinosaurs that were taller than Brachiosaurus (or at least its holotype specimen, which died before reaching full size). Sauroposeidon, Puertasaurus, Daxiatitan, and a whole host of other vertical-necked high browsers. However few dinosaurs were both taller AND heavier. Perhaps only the really big titanosaurs like Puertasaurus and Alamosaurus.

Breviparopus was apparently also outclassed by "Brachiosaurus" nougaredi, a species that needs its own genus and was NOT a form of Brachiosaurus, although it probably was from the same family. This beast is known mainly from an imcomplete sacrum, but probably approached 130 feet assuming it had similar proportions to Giraffatitan.
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good lord, and to think our planet was once blessed with these creatures. 
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ForbiddenParadise64 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Great graph. I based my graph on yours :) 
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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ForbiddenParadise64 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Of course my infinicollid graph is nowhere near as good as your work and more deta
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How much fossil material is there of breviparopus? The size seems borderline insane! XD
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Paleo-King Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
There are only footprints. But these, at nearly 1m wide, are still much smaller than the bigger sauropod prints that have been found. The tracks at Plagne, Frange, and those of Parabrontopodus distercii are pushing 2m wide.

Breviparopus is not alone even among brachiosaurs. "Brachiosaurus" nougaredi is known from a partial sacrum that when complete, was probably up to 60% longer than that of the Brachiosaurus altithorax holotype. So we're talking about a creature that may have topped 120ft. long. The largest Giraffatitan specimens, HMN XV2 and HMN Fund no, appear to be from individuals in the 90-100 foot range. And apparently based on the scaled quarry maps of Abydosaurus, its adult individuals approached 100 feet long as well. paleo-king.deviantart.com/art/…
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... O.O
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raptor92921 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
You should add our regular Brachiosaurus as well.
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