Dinosaur Facts

Dinosaur Facts
Dinosaurs are a group of animals that lived on Earth over 230 million years ago. They are a group of reptiles that were typically large in size. They ruled the Earth for 135 million years. Since humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time, what we know about dinosaurs is due to fossils and technology.
Interesting Dinosaur Facts:
The word dinosaur comes from a Greek word meaning scary lizard
Dinosaurs lived during a period known as the Mesozoic Era so it is often referred to as the age of the dinosaurs.
A huge volcanic eruption or the impact of an asteroid is believed to have caused the sudden extinction of dinosaurs.
Although the first dinosaur was named in 1824, the word "dinosaur" was not used until 1842.
The larger dinosaurs were plant-eaters as opposed to meat-eaters.
A paleontologist studies dinosaur fossils.
Spikes and horns were the plant-eating dinosaurs' line of defense against the meat-eating dinosaurs.
Birds are ancestors of a dinosaur by the name of theropods.
Although it is a common misconception and depicted on TV, dinosaurs did not live at the same time as humans.
Scientists believe that some dinosaurs had the ability to run up to 30 miles per hour.
The heaviest dinosaurs weighed roughly 100 tons while the lightest dinosaur weighed 5 lbs.
Dinosaurs are considered land animals so sea creatures do not count as dinosaurs.
Although most dinosaurs are extinct, they are not fully extinct because birds are considered dinosaurs.
Dinosaurs had the ability to replace missing teeth.
Most dinosaur fossils are discovered by everyday people instead of paleontologists or other scientists.

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