Name ID 139

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Reader, John Africa: A Biography of the Continent
Page Number: 25

A complete skeleton of Brachiosaurus excavated in Tanzania

A complete skeleton of Brachiosaurus excavated in Tanzania (now standing in the Natural Science Museum of the former East Berlin) represents one of the largest land animals that ever lived. Estimates have put its weight at 80 tonnes (as much as twenty mature elephants), and with its eye level 12.6 metres above the ground it was tall enough to look over a four storey building.

Readers source is Alan Charig, 1979, A New Look at Dinosaurs, London, British Museum (Natural History)

Subsequent browsing in the Natural History Museum in various sources say that the find was near Tendaguru, near Lindi. Henning and other investigated prior to 1908, and then over four years shipped 850 crates of fossils (220,000 Kgs) back to Germany. Not until 1937 was the full skeleton put on display.

After the war, various British teams carried out some excavations, but by 1930 the site was abandoned, athough some further excavations were carried out in the 1970's.

Extract ID: 1023