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Q: will you name me ten dinosaurs and give me the heit,length,weight, and how many legs do they walk on?
from arren flore, rosedale, mississippi, usa; October 15, 2001
See our dinosaur fact sheets.
A: No one knows.
A: It's the Museum of the Rockies.
A: For the Triassic period, click here. For the Jurassic period, click here. For the Cretaceous period, click here.
A: Sauros means lizard.
A: Suchomimus was a meat-eating dinosaur. For information on Suchomimus, click here.
A: Dinosaurs lived during the Mesozoic Era.
A: Yes. You can try this youself outside. Some types of soil make beautiful prints, but others don't. Also, if the soil is too dry or too wet, footprints will not form properly. Still, there are many, many fossilized footprints.
A: Sorry, I don't know where to look. Also, you need to check with the appropriate officals before collecting any fossils.
A: Eozostrodon was one of the first true mammals; it lived from the late Triassic period to the early Jurassic period.
A: For a page on dinosaur intelligence, click here. For a page on dinosaur speeds, click here.
A: Pterodactlys were flying (not swimming) reptiles. For more information on Pterodactlys, click here.
A: Saltasaurus may have weighed about 7000 kg. For more information on Saltasaurus, click here.
A: Dinosaurs didn't shed their teeth, but when a tooth broke off or wore down, it was replaced. Unlike us, they didn't need dentists.
Carnivores are meat-eaters - for example, T. rex was a carnivore.
A: No. Since T. rex's species name, "rex," means king, T. rex is sometimes called the king of the dinosaurs. It was given this species name (rex) because when it was found, it was the biggest-known meat-eating dinosaur.
A: Titanosaurus may have weighed roughly 14,700 kg.
By for now Rebecca .N.
from Rebecca. N., St.Albert, Canada, Alberta; October 13, 2001
A: Ankylosaurus' bony armor was used to protect itself from hungry predators (meat-eaters). The armor was a part of its body - it developed and grew like all other parts of the body (where do your fingernails come from?).
A: For a page on Nodosaurus, click here. For other dinosaurs that lived during the early Cretaceous period, click here. For general information on the Cretaceous period (weather, geography, other plants and animals), click here.
A: In the movie Jurassic Park, it was amber-encased mosquitos that yielded all that dinosaur DNA (this is fictional - no dinosaur DNA has been found in ancient mosquitos).
During the Triassic period, the climate on Earth was warmer than it is now. Also, the continents were jammed together into a supercontinent (which we now call Pangaea), so much of the land area was interior continental deserts.
A: For a page on Pterodactylus, click here.
A: Ankylosaurus had teeth shaped a bit like little hands (the drawing to the right). For more information on Ankylosaurus, click here.
A: Click here for a page on dating fossils.
A: A huge [52-69 feet long, 29 feet tall and from 22-30 tonnes], new type of sauropod (nicknamed Elliot) was found in Australia in 1999; it will be years before it will be entirely unearthed from its secret location on a sheep ranch in Queensland . Previously, other sauropods and sauropod footprints have been found in Australia. For a page listing Australian dinosaurs, click here.
A: T. rex lived in a humid, semi-tropical environment, in open forests with nearby rivers and in coastal forested swamps.
A: For a page on Megalodon, click here.
A: Dinosaur fossils have been found on all of the continents, including Antarctica.
A: Stegosaurs (like Stegosaurus and Kentrosaurus) were plant-eaters (also called herbivores or primary consumers).
A: Click here for a page on dinosaur eggs and reproduction.
A: Dinosaurs evolved about 230 million years ago.
A: For information on Jaxartosaurus, click here.
A: Many dinosaurs have been found in Egypt, including Aegyptosaurus, Bahariasaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Dicraeosaurus, Erectopus, Majungasaurus, Paralititan, and Spinosaurus. For other African dinosaurs, click here.
T. rex is probably the most famous dinosaur. For information on T. rex, click here.
A: Dinosaurs evolved about 230 million years ago, during the Triassic period.
A: Sauros means lizard.
A: Dinosaur fossils have been found on all the continents.
A: For information on Zigongosaurus, click here.
A: Acrocanthosaurus, Alamosaurus, Brontopodus, Camptosaurus, Chasmosaurus, Coelophysis, Deinonychus, Edmontosaurus, Hypsilophodon, Iguanodon, Kritosaurus, Ornithomimus, Panoplosaurus, Pawpawsaurus, Pleurocoelus, Protohadros byrdi, Shuvosaurus, Stegoceras, Technosaurus, Tenontosaurus, Texascetes, Torosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex have been found in Texas. For a page on the dinosaur genera that have been found in the US states, click here.
A: Basilosaurus was an ancient whale.
A: Click here for information on Dromaeosaurus.
A: No one knows; that depends a lot on their metabolism.
A: None. Ptero means wing and dactylus means finger. For more information on Pterodactylus, click here.
A: For information on the woolly mammoth, click here.
A: Carnotaurus was about 25 feet (7.5 m) long, roughly 6.5 feet (2 m) tall at the hips, and weighed about 1 ton (1000 kg). For a page on Carnotaurus, click here.
A: A lot. For a page listing Australian dinosaurs, click here.
A: Stegosaurus means "Covered Lizard" or "Roof lizard." For a page on Stegosaurus, click here.
A: Click here or here.
A: Utahraptor was a 16-23 feet (5-7 m) long meat-eating dinosaurs that was found in Utah. This giant predator may have hnted in packs. For a page on Utahraptor, click here.
A: The most widely-accepted theory is the Alvarez asteroid theroy. For other theories, click here.
A: For information on dinosaur life spans, click here.
A: Stegosaurus fossils have been found in western North America (Utah, Wyoming, and Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado), western Europe, southern India, China, and southern Africa.. For more information on Stegosaurus, click here.
A: Xiaosaurus is that dinosaur's genus. The type species is Xiaosaurus dashanpensis. For a page on Xiaosaurus, click here.
A: In 1997, an entire mummified Woolly Mammoth was found in Siberian ice. For more information on Woolly Mammoths, click here.
Deinosuchus was a crocodilian that walked on four short legs.
A: They're mostly from Greek and Latin roots, but lately, words from the language where the fossil was found have been used in naming the dinosaur. For a page on often-used dinosaur name roots, click here.
A: That's called a cast.
A: The most obvious of Apatosaurus' adaptations were its long neck (used to get its food), its long, whip-like tail (perhaps used as protection), foot claws (also for protection), flat teeth (used to strip foliage from trees), and a bulky body (used to process large amounts of food).
A: The enemy of the Lock Ness monster is reality. Plesiosaurus may have been at the top of its local food chain in the sea (but this isn't certain - it may have been preyed up by larger marine reptiles like Temnodontosaurus, which was, however, primarily a squid-eater). If Plesiosaurus ventured on the beach to lay eggs, it may have been preyed upon there by large crocodilians and/or large dinosaurs).
A: Trachodon was a plant-eating dinosaur that is known only from a few teeth and jaw parts. Its size and weight are unknown.
A: For early Jurassic dinosaurs, click here. For middle Jurassic dinosaurs, click here. For late Jurassic dinosaurs, click here.
The Alvarez Asteroid theory is the most widely-accepted theory. For other extinction theories, click here.
A: The largest living shark is the whale shark. The biggest fossil shark is megalodon.
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