dino facts


Dinosaur Facts:
  • Definition: Numerous extinct terrestrial reptiles of the Mesozoic era
  • Dinosaurs existed between about 230 million and 65 million years ago
  • The "age of dinosaurs" (the Mesozoic Era) included three consecutive geologic time periods (the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods).
  • There is evidence that a meteorite impact was at least the partial cause for the extinction of Dinosaurs
  • After the dinosaurs died out, nearly 65 million years passed before people appeared on Earth
  • Over 700 different species of dinosaurs have been identified and named
  • Dinosaurs lived on all of the continents
  • Most Dinosaurs ate plants but others hunted other dinosaurs or scavenged dead animals
  • Dinosaurs are believed to be brightly colored as modern snakes or birds
  • The most ferocious dinosaur was the Tyrannosaurus rex
  • The longest dinosaur was Seismosaurus, which measured over 40 metres
  • The tallest dinosaur was the Sauroposeidon growing to 18.5 metres tall
  • The largest flying dinosaur was the Quetzalocoatlus which had a wingspan of up to 13 metres
  • The heaviest dinosaur was Brachiosaurus
  • The smallest dinosaur was the Lesothosaurus, which was only the size of a chicken
  • The word "dinosaur", meaning terrible lizard, was given in 1842 by the English paleontologist Richard Owen. Dino derives from the Greek word 'deinos' meaning "terrible, powerful, wondrous" + 'Saur' derives from the Greek word 'sauros' meaning "lizard"
  • Many Paleontologists believe that birds are the descendants of theropod dinosaurs
  • Some dinosaurs were bipeds, some were quadrupeds and others could walk just as easily on two or four legs
  • Rev William Buckland, a professor of geology, was the first person to describe a dinosaur in a scientific journal
  • Extinct - EX (Status: Extinct) - These animals are no longer in existence.