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Art of dinosaurs from the Northern continent of Laurasia.
By Pixeldust studios, Renegade 9, and 422 South (base models)
Illustration by Doug Henderson
Fairgoers ride in new-model cars through displays of Earth's history during the 1964 to 1965 World Fair in Queens, New York.
Photograph by James P. Blair
Bones in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Photograph by Charles Martin
Art of dinosaurs from the Southern continent of Gondwana.
By Pixeldust studios, Renegade 9, and 422 South
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Asteroid collides with Earth, causing a "nuclear winter"
Decline in species diversity and the rise of mammals
None of the above
Fused wrist bones
During the age of dinosaurs a group of reptiles existed, pterosaurs, which did fly. However, they are not dinosaurs and have never been classified as dinosaurs.]]>
’s bones were first discovered in Egypt in 1912. After being excavated, the skeleton was taken to a museum in Germany, where it was destroyed during World War II. The discovery of a new partial skull, among other materials and evidence, allowed paleontologists at the Civil Natural History Museum in Milan to produce new size estimates for
. It currently is thought to have measured about 55 feet (17 meters) long.]]>
Not strictly cold-blooded or warm-blooded
Both warm-blooded and cold-blooded
Dinosaur physiology is complicated and poorly understood. Because of general similarity to reptiles, dinosaurs were initially viewed as large lizards, with lizard-like body temperatures. As research continually showed close ties with birds, questions regarding the physiology of dinosaurs were reinvestigated. The answers have been elusive and how dinosaurs regulated their body temperatures remains an active area of study.]]>
Jurassic Park, what dinosaur was discovered that matched one of Spielberg’s own creations?]]>
Jurassic Park he wanted to use dinosaurs from the group known as the dromaeosaurs. The group includes predators such as the Mongolian
, the arch villain of
. But in reality,
was a small predator, less than seven feet (two meters) long.
To make the dromaesaur better match the size of humans in the movie, the creators of
decided to make Velociraptor substantially larger than it was in real life. In 1991, while the movie was being produced, a partial skeleton was uncovered in Utah that revealed a dromaeosaur larger than the
Jurassic Park Velociraptor
. The dinosaur, named
, measures 16 to 20 feet (5 to 6 meters) long.]]>
Fantasia, why is the fight between
Tyrannosaurus rex would not eat a
Stegosaurus was extinct before
The two dinosaurs did not roam the same continent
Tyrannosaurus rex was extinct before
Stegosaurus lived during the Late Jurassic Period.
lived in the Late Cretaceous Period, at least 77 million years after
The Flintstones, was referred to as a Snorkasaurus, a fictional dinosaur name. Dino resembles a sauropod dinosaur, more specifically, an
The Land Before Time, which is not truly a dinosaur?]]>
Pteradactyl, was part of the group of flying reptiles called pterosaurs. Pterosaurs lived among the dinosaurs but were not dinosaurs themselves. Although certain dinosaurs had many birdlike features, no dinosaur that wasn’t a bird could fly.]]>
Jurassic Park is factual?]]>
DNA can be preserved for millions of years.
Mosquitoes existed during the age of dinosaurs and can be preserved in amber.
It would not be difficult to bring an animal back to life by using ancient bits of DNA.
Mosquitoes existed during the age of dinosaurs, are preserved in amber, and most likely fed only on dinosaurs.
Harry Potter books?]]>
Harry Potter books, to honor Rowling for her contribution to children’s education.
, which means “dragon king,” is in reference to the dragon-like appearance of the skull.]]>
Masiakasaurus knopfleri is named?]]>
Earth, Wind and Fired
Masiakasaurus’s fossils, named the dinosaur after Dire Straits lead singer Mark Knopfler.]]>
Bambiraptor feinbergi was named after the Disney movie character Bambi because of its small size, though the dinosaur does not resemble a fawn.]]>
Cryolophosaurus earned the dinosaur which of the following nicknames?]]>
Cryolophosaurus’s skull. The position of the crest is reminiscent of the front of Elvis Presley’s hair.
’s real name means “frozen crested lizard,” reflecting both the strange head crest and the fact the dinosaur was found in Antarctica.]]>
Brontosaurus. However, Marsh had already given a name to another skeleton of the same dinosaur in 1877:
According to the international rules by which dinosaurs are named, if two or more identities are given to the same genus or species, then the first published name has priority. Therefore, the dinosaur name
is not valid, and Marsh’s sauropod is instead called
Sauropod heads were lightly constructed with joints that fell apart easily when the dinosaurs decomposed.
Predators would eat the heads off first to prevent the dinosaur from escaping.
Only a thing piece of bone held together the head and neck of sauropods.
The muscles that connected the sauropod's head to its neck deteriorated after the dinosaur died.
These sutures had a tendency to come apart fairly rapidly as a sauropod decayed, leaving the carcass vulnerable to predation (being gnawed and broken or carried away by hungry scavengers) or river currents (it was easy for even small streams to carry away part of a sauropod skull). ]]>
Velociraptor may have had feathers?]]>
Velociraptor upper arm bone from Mongolia, offering evidence that the dinosaur likely had feathers. Feathers do not preserve well, so fossilized evidence of them is extremely rare.]]>
During the time between discovery and reporting, the fossils are transported to laboratories or museums, where they are cleaned, pieced together, and extensively studied.]]>
Majungasaurus may have had cannibalistic tendencies?]]>
Fossils showing the dinosaur fought a pig-sized horned dinosaur.
Majungasaurus tooth marks found on
Majungasaurus tooth marks found on bones of another dinosaur.]]>
Majungasaurus bones, the evidence for cannibalism within a species of dinosaurs was extremely minimal.
is one of a limited number of theropods that appear to have exhibited cannibalistic tendencies (there is at least one other well-known theropod cannibal), but whether it actually targeted its own kind as a food source or only scavenged the carcasses to survive remains unknown.]]>
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