Riggs Hill, Grand Junction
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Corner S. Broadway & Meadows Way
Grand Junction, Colorado 81503
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Riggs Hill is the site of the earliest Brachiosaurus find and the first area dinosaur dig site. First excavated by Elmer S. Riggs, Assistant Curator of Paleontology at the Field Museum in Chicago, in 1900, both Stegosaurus and Allosaurus bones have also been uncovered at this paleontology hotspot. The 0.8 mile, self-guided interpretive trail offers panoramic views of Grand Valley.
Brachiosaurus
Brachiosaurus, arm lizard in Greek, is a member of the Brachiosauridae family of sauropod dinosaurs. It roamed Europe, Africa, and the United States during the late Jurassic period, roughly 156-145 million years ago. Brachiosaurus, like all other sauropods, was a four-legged, plant-eating dinosaur with a long neck and a very small head. Like the modern day giraffe, its front legs were longer than its hind legs. This extinct reptile measured 85 feet (26 m) in length, stood 50 feet (16m) tall, and weighed more than 39 tons (35 metric tons). While it moved in herds, this enormous dinosaur likely had few predators. The first Brachiosaurus fossil was found by Elmer Riggs near Fruita, Colorado in 1900.
 
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