Today's drawing is Brontosaurus excelsus! This is a large species of sauropod dinosaur which lived during the Late Jurassic period in what is now North America. Once considered an invalid genus, being considered just another species of Apatosaurus, recent reexamination of it shows that it was likely distinct from this other genus.
The limbs of this animal are extremely robust and quite short for a sauropod. These limbs may have been used in defense if necessary, giving strong kicks, and the front arm had a hooked claw which would have been quite dangerous to an attacking predator. The tail of this animal was very long, and while it probably couldn't be used as a whip, it could have functioned more like a baseball bat, swinging with extreme force and weight. Brontosaurus shared its environment with many other species of sauropod, including Apatosaurus, Diplodocus and Brachiosaurus, and likely specialized in medium to high browsing.
No remains of more than one Brontosaurus have been found together, suggesting it could have been more of a solitary animal than other sauropods. It likely ate taller cycads and trees, and could have used its bulk to push over larger food items to get at the leaves. As one of the best-known sauropods anatomy-wise, it has been featured in many forms of popular culture, such as stamps, being the logo of a popular gas company, and being the subject of many famous paintings (such as Charles R. Knight's painting). It was also featured in one of the first animated films in history, "Gertie the Dinosaur".
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