It’s amazing to think that huge creatures such as the dinosaurs once roamed our planet! We only have their skeletons left to wonder what they may have looked like. However, studies are ongoing into their behaviours, hunting patterns and lifestyles back in ancient times. We may never really know what the dinosaurs truly looked like – but thanks to archaeology, we can have a pretty good guess!
Here are some interesting facts about dinosaurs you may not be aware of!
Dinosaurs didn’t stick to any one continent or country. They roamed all over the world. In fact, there’s evidence that they once lived in Antarctica!
Only very few dinosaurs were the colossal creatures you’ve seen on the big screen. Many of them were likely to be around our size! That’s not to say we could ever live amongst them!
In fact, velociraptors were likely much smaller than what you may have seen in Jurassic Park. They were probably only the size of modern poultry!
TV shows such as The Flintstones suggest that cavepeople lived alongside dinosaurs – this was never the case! However, far be it from us to call a classic cartoon into question!
Dinosaurs lived here for over 150 million years. The last creatures died out around 65 million years ago.
Bringing that into perspective, humans have only been evolving for around 2 million years!
Evolution study suggests that many dinosaurs merely evolved into birds! It’s clear to see that more than a few species once had feathers – meaning that a velociraptor likely has more in common with your average chicken than you might think!
There is no such dinosaur as the Brontosaurus! It’s actually a common misnaming for the colossal Apatosaurus. Again, we might have The Flintstones to blame for this!
The tallest dinosaurs of all time were not Tyrannosaurus Rexes, but those belonging to the Sauropod family.
T-Rex Skeleton on display at The Field Museum, Chicago
Did you know – however – that despite all the huge dinosaurs that once roamed the planet, the Blue Whale remains the biggest creature ever to live on Earth?
Dinosaur lifespans remain a mystery, thanks to a lack of data available. However, some may have been able to live for more than 200 years!
Some dinosaurs were incredibly speedy! The fastest of all the dinos was the Ornithomimus, thought to have been able to reach speeds of up to 43mph, or 70kmh.
The first dinosaur fossils ever described came to light in the 19th Century. The Megalosaurus and the Iguanodon were amongst the first discovered in 1824 and 1825.
In fact, the name ‘Megalosaurus’ literally means ‘great lizard’ – probably an apt description, all things considered!
One of the most recent dinosaur discoveries occurred in 1999. Sauroposeidon was discovered in Oklahoma, USA. It’s also thought to be the tallest dinosaur that ever lived.
Dinosaurs weren’t always scaly. As mentioned, many dinos had feathers. However, some even had fur! Pterosaurs, for example, had been known to grow fur for warmth.
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