Top 10 Dinosaurs

  1. The first dinosaur to be formally named was the Megalosaurus, back in 1824.

  2. A person who studies dinosaurs is known as a paleontologist. The word dinosaur comes from the Greek language and means ‘terrible lizard’. The word was coined by English paleontologist Richard Owen in 1842 and was meant to refer to Dinosaurs impressive size rather than their scary appearance.

  3. The longest dinosaur was Seismosaurus, which measured over 40 metres, as long as five double-decker buses. It was related to diplodocus, which for a long time held the honour.

  4. Dinosaurs lived on Earth for 150 million We’ve been around for just 0.1% of that time

  5. The dinosaur with the longest name is Micropachycephalosaurus (“small thick-headed lizard”). Its fossils are usually found inChina.

  6. The heaviest dinosaur was Brachiosaurus at 80 tonnes. It was the equivalent to 17 African Elephants. Brachiosaurus was 16m tall and 26m long and is the largest dinosaur skeleton to be mounted in a museum

  7. At present over 700 different species of dinosaurs have been identified and named. However palaeontologists believe that there are many more new and different dinosaur species still to be discovered.

  8. The dinosaur noises in the “Jurassic Park” movie were made from recordings of tortoise sex.

  9. Dinosaurs lived on all the continents, including Antarctica.

  10. No one knows exactly how long a dinosaur’s lifespan was. Some scientists speculate some dinosaurs lived for as long as 200 years.

 

Bonus

  1. The time period from 250 million years ago until around 65 million years ago is known as the Mesozoic Era. It is often referred to as the Age of the Dinosaurs because most dinosaurs developed and became extinct during this time.

  2. Scientists believe that the event leading to the extinction may have been a massive asteroid impact or huge volcanic activity. Events such as these could have blocked out sunlight and significantly changed the Earth’s ecology.

  3. The speediest dinosaurs were the ostrich mimic ornithomimids, such as Dromiceiomimus, which could probably run at speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour.

  4. The oldest dinosaurs known are 230 million years old, and have been found in Madagascar. As yet they have not been formally named. Before this Eoraptor, meaning “dawn thief” had held the title at 228 million years

  5. Dinosaurs are not, technically, extinct, since birds are considered by science as a type of dinosaur.

  6. The estimated number of dinosaur species that existed in the Mesozoic era is between 1,543 and 2,468 species.

  7. The longest complete dinosaur is the 27 meters (89 feet) long Diplodocus, which was discovered in Wyoming, U.S

  8. The smallest known dinosaur was about four inches (10 cm) tall and weighed less than a Chihuahua

  9. In 2015, a 4-year-old searching for fossils found 100 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Bones

  10. Some dinosaurs’ tails were over 45 feet long. Most dinosaurs had long tails that helped them to keep their balance when running

  11. One of the most intelligent dinosaurs was Troodon. It was a hunting dinosaur, about 2 metres long, and had a brain size similar to that of a mammal or bird of today, stereoscopic vision, and grasping hands. –

  12. There’s a limestone cliff with over 5,000 dinosaur footprints in Bolivia, with many dating back 68 million

  13. Dinosaur skulls had large holes or “windows” that made their skulls lighter. Some of the largest skulls were as long as a car.

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