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All About Dinosaurs
The word dinosaur means terrible lizard in Greek. But strangely enough the man who named it in 1842 (Richard Owen a Paleontologist) was referring to their massive size, not their scary nature. However, they are both big and intimidating. And despite scientists wanting to clone these beasts today we should perhaps be glad a mass extinction wiped them out 65 million years ago. Can you imagine sharing the planet with a T-Rex?
Although not all of these animals were out to eat whatever got into their way, take the Brachiosaurus for example. This dinosaur measured in at 85 feet long (26 meters) and stood 50 feet tall (16 meters). It was purely an herbivore yet still managed to weigh in at 10,000 pounds (4,535 kilograms). That’s right. It would pluck the leaves from the very tops of the tall trees using its 52 chisel-like teeth.
To be a grass-grazer back in the prehistoric era meant you had to defend yourself. The Stegosaurus stood about 9 feet off the ground (2.75 meters) and could be up to 30 feet long (9 meters). And even though it weighed in at 6,800 pounds (3,100 kilograms) it was still no match for a hungry mega-dinosaur. So to at least have a shot at surviving it developed big 2.5 foot (76 centimeter) plates running along the top of its spine, plus it had spikes on the end of its tail. One thing’s for sure, it wasn’t going down without doing some serious damage to its predator.
One of the common mistakes we make when it comes to identifying dinosaurs is calling them ALL dinosaurs. This simply isn’t true. The Pterodactyls may have made an appearance in the movie Jurassic Park, but technically these gigantic flying reptiles do not qualify for dinosaur-ship…dinosaur-dum? This also applies to the Plesiosaurs as it was considered a marine reptile. This giant could grow up to 46 feet (14 meters) and lived in the oceans off of Europe. It had a long neck and flippers, yet the female came up on land to lay her eggs.
Recently a new dinosaur has been discovered at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Named the “dawn-runner” this long-necked Eodromaeus was only four feet long (1.2 meters) and weighed around 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms). Scientists believe this mini-dino may have roamed this area around 230 million years ago. And like its gigantic cousin the T-Rex, this little guy hunted down its prey by grabbing it with its small arms and ripping it to pieces with its sharp teeth.
Dinosaurs were big and small; some were dangerous others just wanted to be left alone to live out their lives. But one thing they all had in common was their fascination to humans. We will never stop being amazed or stop trying to find the remains of these prehistoric wonders.
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