The Palosaur Tales Character Introduction: BRAXTON BRACHIOSAURUS

Braxton Brachiosaurus is our smart, shy dinosaur who loves politics, history, singing, and playing the accordion. He’s very talented and knowledgeable in anything he puts his mind to. Braxton lives in Prehistoria with his mom. He can be seen helping her put things on the shorter shelfs in her boutique. Braxton knows that it’s good to be different. In fact, he prefers it. Do you agree?


Braxton was the founder of the Palosaur Pals. It was his idea to create a name for their group, and make a pact. The Palosaur Pact is a promise that the pals will see each other over summer break. This way they don’t have to be sad about the end of the school year. Try making a pact of your own with your best friends. What are the rules? What is the promise you are making to one another? Remember, you can’t break a pact if you want to be a friend they can trust.

Brachiosaurus Facts


Brachiosaurus means “arm lizard”, can you guess why? Funny enough brachiosaurus’ front legs were shorter than its hind legs. Kind of like arms, very, very long arms. In fact, the brachiosaurus was 85 to 98 feet tall. That’s like stacking 8 to 9 single story houses on top of each other. Its long neck reminds us of a giraffe, but over four times taller. This long-necked dinosaur lived 155.7 million to 150.8 million years ago during the mid-to-late Jurassic Period. Somehow the brachiosaurus’ size, long neck, and mismatched legs worked! How did they not just fall over? Send us a comment to let us know what you think!



Sauro-what?


Brachiosaurus belonged to the sauropod family. Sauropods are known for having long-necks. Their large size allowed them to stay warm. Long necks allowed them to reach food most dinosaurs couldn’t reach. Brachiosaurus was once believed to be the largest dinosaur to ever live. Now scientists have found new fossils of other long-neck dinosaurs that were even bigger! This is hard to imagine when the brachiosaurus weighed around 28 tons!


Think about that. There are 2,000 pounds in 1 ton. A male African Bush Elephants, the largest of all elephants, weighs 13,000 pounds. That’s just over 6 tons. Now, let’s say that again. Brachiosaurus weighed 28 tons! How many African Bush Elephants would that be? Answer, about 4 and 1/2 elephants! What other large things weighed at least a ton? How many of those would equal the weight of a brachiosaurus? Let us know what you came up with! Send us a message on social media or leave us a comment!


Where did Brachiosaurus Live?


Brachiosaurus roamed the Earth in Algeria, Portugal, Tanzania, and the USA. Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, and Tyrannosaurus were all found living around the same place and time periods. Colorado was home to all three of these dinosaurs. Our town of Prehistoria isn’t too far off reality when it comes to those dino pals. If you could pick one place in the world where Prehistoria would be located, where do you think it should be? Why? Let us know by sending us a message or leave us a comment.


Check out the activity below. Learn how close you live to where Brachiosaurus once walked the Earth. Can you imagine what it would have been like to live with the dinosaurs? Just think, if that incredible dinosaur was just outside your window. Try writing a story about it! Then when you’re finished, add a picture to match.


Where you can get more RELIABLE Brachiosaurus facts


Do you love Brachiosaurus more than any of dinosaur? You might enjoy this song “Brachiosaurus” on YouTube. Want more Brachiosaurus facts? NatGeo Kids is an incredible resource for learning more about dinosaurs. Check out this link for more Brachiosaurus facts and more! Always check National Geographic first. This is a trusted source of information. Many websites do not contain confirmed facts about dinosaurs. It’s always important to make sure you’re using a reliable source for all your dinosaur facts.


Talk to you parents or teachers today about reliable resources. How do you know when you can trust a website? Where are good places to do research online? Why is it important to use trusted websites and experts?


Brachiosaurus World Map Activity


Create a world map. Draw, glue, or tape a brachiosaurus to each place on the map where they once lived. Next, put a picture of where you live today. Examine the map to see how close a brachiosaurus once lived to where you are right now! Download the printable activity to get a world map, a map answer key, and a brachiosaurus to cut out. Optional: In the download, there are pictures available to represent you! Cut out the cartoon character. This represents you! Now, add yourself to the map.


After you create your world map, send us a picture! Post the picture and tag @palosaurtales on Instagram and @PalosaurT on Twitter. Let us know how you enjoyed this free activity. What did you learn? Thanks for being a pal!


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