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Triceratops ZoomDinosaurs.com
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July 2000


Has anyone here been to the Science North dinosaur exhibit in Sudbury, Ontario? The dinosaurs are very realistic, but the sizes are all wrong. They showed the Allosaurus as barely taller than a human and an Amargosaurus as barely knee-height! Does anyone else other than me like dinosaurs more than mammals (I mean as great predators)? I, personally, do not understand why people like Tyrannosaurus more than other, better predators. I suppose it has something to do with it being the biggest predator until Giganotosaurus/Carcharodontosaurus were discovered. Deinocheirus and Therinzosaurus, too, were probably bigger than Tyrannosaurus, but no-one has been able to confirm it yet. However, Tyrannosaurus was, in my theory, a scavenger. It should not be regarded as king of the predatory dinosaur world or anything like that. Members of the dromeosauridae family are much more effecient and, pound for pound, much more powerful. However, there is no re! al "king" of the dinosaur world. Even the plant-eaters had amazing adaptations. So long, everybody! P.S. Brad, I am the "mysterious raptor fan".
from Neil M., age 10, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; July 31, 2000


Hi, Jay! Can we be best friends?!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 31, 2000


Brad is a fake you will hear no more from brd or he will be terminated! Don't take this personally Brad but you pose a threat.
from Jay the dino master, age 354896, Hell, cold hell, hell froze over; July 30, 2000


After thinking about the discovery of Triceratops/turkey DNA (see the news section of zoomdinosaurs for detail), I am almost certain that it was contaminated. We do not have Triceratops DNA.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 30, 2000
I agree. The chance of having an exact match for this sequence after millions of years of without any mutations is astronomical. Someone has suggested that contemporary bird feces may have contaminated the specimen. JC


I disagree, Troy. The only long necked dinosaur to live in the smae time and place as Tyrannosaurus was Alamosaurus, and it seemed to avoid habitats that were too wet (see Bakker 1986 for detail). Tyrannosaurus didn't have big arms, but it did have big feet and a powerful tail and would probably swim after its prey if it had to. But don't feel bad, I believed a lot of crazy stuff when I was your age too. Search for more up to date books, you will find the truth!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 30, 2000


When a t-rex is tryng to eat the long neck. The long neck can go into the water & the t-rex cant.
from Troy R, age 7, Jenkintown, PA, USA; July 29, 2000


I just love dinosaurs so much! they rock I wish dinosaurs were still alive today so I could see what they would look like in real life!!!!
from Sammantha, age 11, Mena, Arkansas, USA; July 29, 2000


NEWS AGAIN?!? This time, scientists have found the DNA of a Triceratops. It is a 100% match for a turkey. Weird. This leaves me with many questions (like I don't ask enough already!). 1, "Is Velociraptor a 110% match for a turkey?" 2, "Did all dinosaurs have the same DNA, inherited from the most recent common ancestor of Triceratops and the turkey?" 3, "Could we clone a Triceratops using DNA taken entirely form a living turkey?" 4, "Was Triceratops feathered?" 5, "Did Triceratops taste like Turkey?" 6, "Did the Triceratops DNA mix with the turkey's, causing false conclusions?" 7, "Is the whole thing a hoax?" 8, "Have any turkeys been reported with Triceratops mutations like horns or frills?" 9, "Can it be confirmed that the 'turkey' sample actually came form a turkey, and not a small Triceratops in a turkey costume?" 10, "Will Triceratops be cloned in the near future?" 11, "Why all the news?" Don't worry, I'm not submitting them! from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 29, 2000


I must say that I have been looking through the dinosaur dictionary, and I am impressed. There is much better art there than the last time I was reading it. The new pictures are more detailed and they are coloured better. While it may be a little risky to illustrate the poorly known dinosaurs like Ceratops, I like the pictures.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 29, 2000


I observed some seagulls at the lake today, and they really reminded me of little coelurosaurs when they are on the ground. I have some important observations. First of all, the feathers are smooth and flat, the don't stand up like hairs. This is a big problem with feathered dinosaur art that makes it so displeasing. You shouldn't draw individual feathers, or they will be big, obvious and ugly! When they walk, the legs seem to move fast even when the body is moving slowly. It would be funny if dinosaurs walked like birds, but it might have been possible. The cool think about seagulls is in the neck. It is normally held in an s-curve shape, but when the gull 'roars' the neck goes forward and straightens. It looks cool, and you can't help seeing the dinosaurishness of them when the do that. If you want to know how dinosaurs might have moved, watch some birds!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 29, 2000


Thank you for helping expose the myths about T. rex, mysterious raptor fan!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 29, 2000


Attention! Attention! All Tyrannosaurus lovers! There are several myths and misconceptions about it that people actually believe (you know who you are, people!). I would like to clear these myths up. One: Tyrannosaurus is not the best dinosaur that ever lived. Granted, it was powerful, but really rather dumb! When compared to a troodontid/raptor dinosaur, it's e.q. was very low! The factor that makes an effecient hunter is it's brains. Two: Tyrannosaurus was probably not a hunter. It had the thickest teeth of any predatory dinosaur yet found and had exceptionnally big olfactory organs. Ergo, it was probably a scavenger of dead carcasses or it scared other, smaller carnivores who earned the meat honestly away from kills. Some of the smaller carnosaurids may have chased prey, but Tyrannosaurus most likely didn't do that. There are several more myths, but those are the biggest two (and, I'm running out of room). If anybody wonders why I s! end so big letters, it's because people see the big letters and read them.
from ???, age 10, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; July 28, 2000


Yo!!! I'm charlie I don't know much about dinos but I'm better with fossils, so I want everyone to try and find me info on fossil and rocks which I don't know already. For this I will be so greatful. Also to JC will you please recommend some good fossil sites, which are as good as this one.(If anyone want to see my school web. At bablake.co.uk)
from Charlotte, age 12, Coventry, Warwickshire, England; July 28, 2000


Do you think the hadrosaurids had a voting alliance against the Theropoda and armoured Ornithischia :)
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 28, 2000


Did you see it!?! Another new dinosaur this week! It proves the existance of a Survivor-type game show in the late Mesozoic- okay, maybe not. Actually, its a duckbill that lived in the Palaeocene epoch, after all of the other dinosaurs went extinct! No name yet to my knowlegde, but my current guess is that it is Anatotitan, a late dinosaur. Very fascinating. Since it has been dated at about a few MILLION years after the KT boundary, my only conclusion is that this individual had parents, grandparents, greatgrandparents, etc., that also suvived the great extinction! A whole species of Cenozoic duckbills! I hope the news keeps coming at this rate, its very exciting! Keep up the good work, everyone!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 28, 2000


I'm a little upset to hear that the blue whale is bigger than any dinosaur. According to ZoomWhales, blue whales are normally 80 feet long, and the biggest one was 94 feet long. This hardly compares with sauropods. Supersaurus is estimated to have been 117 to 150 feet long, and Seismosaurus may have been 110-170 feet long. One huge (but unfortunately poorly known) diplodocid, Amphicoelias fragillimus, may have been 125-200 feet- TWICE THE LENGTH OF A BLUE WHALE!!! In terms of length, the blue whale just can't compete. Weight is another thing. It is calculated that a four-legged animal weighing more than 100 tons would have legs so much like tree trunks it could barely walk. The heaviest dinosaur, Argentinosaurus, seem to approach, but not pass, this boundary. But you really have to ask, how do you weigh a whale? Dinosaurs are weighed by calculating the volume of scale models. Which is a lot more scientific approach than hauling a dead whal! e onto a scale and trying to catch the reading before the thing breaks. Can we really be confident that the biggest blue whale was 174 tons, and not 74 tons? Anyway, dinosaurs didn't try to be heavy. Dinosaurs tried to be really large while reducing their weight, and thier hollowed-out bones are examples of brilliant natural engineering. A dinosaur skeleton weighs half as much as a similarly sized whale skeleton. I don't think the biggest animal should be determined by weight, but by a combination of factors. For instance, multiplying the size of the average blue whale (80 ft x 120 tons) gives us 9600. Now take Argentinosaurus- estimated at 100-115 feet and 80 to 100 tons, we get a bigness factor of 8000 - 11500- quite possibly bigger than the blue whale.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 26, 2000


NEWS! Tyrannoaurus rex may recieve a name change! In 1892, E.D Cope named a new meat-eater, Manospondylus gigas, on the basis of a single vertebra. It wasn't until 1905 that H.F. Osborn described Tyrannosaurus rex, and in 1906 Osborn referred Manospondylus and Dynamosaurus to Tyrannosaurus. But now new discoveries are being made in the area where Cope found his Manospondylus. The new finds show that Manospondylus could be the valid name for Tyrannosaurus, and the name should be changed. But will it? Read the story at www.exn.ca/dinosaur
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 26, 2000


I've added another storey to the Jurassic Park LEGO building I'm working on, the embryo storage room. I also figured out how to make neat roof sections. Oh, and I found out that Kayla, my dino-hating sister, was the one who removed the dinosaurs' heads. Her current project is to take apart the Ingen helicopter.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 25, 2000


The dinosaur of the week is.... Nqwebasaurus! Hooray, new dino in the spotlight! But when can we see pictures of it? (And why haven't any Nigersaurus pictures surfaced yet?) Dimetrodon is also mentioned in the newsletter, although I'm not sure why. There are new printouts of Compsognatus, Coelophysis, Deinonychus, Dilophosaurus, Eoraptor, Iguanodon and Edmontosaurus. Pyroraptor is also featured as a news story.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 25, 2000
I'll put up a drawing of Nqwebasaurus as soon as I see one. Why Dimetrodon? - because a lot of people have written me asking me about the "dinosaur" Dimetrodon. JC


an Ingen helicopter and a huge unfinished visitor's centre sit on the coffee table, and I am wondering who keeps smashing my carnotaur's head...
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 25, 2000


I stayed up really late last night to build some more Jurassic Park LEGO creations. I got one new dinosaur, a Dilophosaurus. Its not terribly scientific, but I like it. It uses black dragon arms as legs too (I'm going ot run out of dragons soon!). It is black and yellow, with red crests. I designed it around one function- spitting water. I accomplished this by using a small pneumatic pump in the neck of the dinosaur, which can hold water and spit it out in very long, thin streams. Extremely effective. I got some figures done- Nedry, Muldoon, Hammond and Tim. Hammond is a modified Proffessor Lightning from the existing Dino Island line. Tim is a modified Tim from the Time Cruisers line. Muldoon and Nedry were harder to make, Being a mix of parts from Town and Adventurers figures. I think Muldoon could still use some work, but Nedry is a really cool figure that looks great. I also build some other Jurassic Park things for my little displa! y. I build a white container that the top will slide up to reveal cartridges of Dino DNA- a fairly good resemblance to the one in the movie (although mine doesn't have misspelled labels for "Stegasaurus" and "Tyranosaurus"!) I made a red and greay (and a bit of yellow) jeep, like the one Nedry tries ot escape in, or Muldoon goes to hunt the rex in. It seats one, with room for an accessory in the trunk. I must leave now, to continue building and let my dino-hating sister use the computer!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 24, 2000


I dumped all of my LEGO on the livingroom floor today, but I ended up building two new dinosaurs! As I mentioned earlier, the "official" LEGO dinosaurs in the new Dino Island sets are Pteranodon, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and Stegosaurus. I've now added two more theropods to the list. Both of them use the dragon's front legs as hind legs, which gives them awesome clawed feet but makes it a challenge to stand them up for display. The first one I built was intended to be Velociraptor, but it ended up being Utahraptor when compared with a LEGO scientist. It has 22 pieces (well, I cound be wrong), and is all black except the head, which is yellow. It has many mobile parts: legs that kick, clawing hands, a tail that moves up and down, a neck that rotates, and an opening jaw. I'm quite proud of it. The second dinosaur was jsut completed, and is a Carnotaurus. It has 31 pieces. The belly, the bottom of the tail and the mouth are black. The back,! arms, the top of the tail and the head are red. The legs, shoulders and neck are green. Its not a bad model, but not as good as the Utahraptor. Its moving parts are the legs, arms, tail and jaw. This dinosaur is especially difficult to pose. I'll continue working on my LEGO dinosaurs tomorrow, and hopefully will complete a Euoplocephalus, Pachycephalosaurus (that is gonna be hard to do), and maybe some sort of Sauropod this week.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 23, 2000


I like reading about dinosaurs, because theyare cool! Have you ever been to Dinosaur Gardens in Ossineke, Michigan?
from Samantha C., age 6, Alpena, Michigan, USA; July 23, 2000


Hi I love dinosaurs!I learned about them all summer!!!There so cool!!!Thanks!!!!!Bye!!!
from Sandra N, age 9, St.Louis, Mo, U.S.A; July 23, 2000


Thanks for the cake, Jonathan. Delicious! How did you know I like chocolate? :)
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 23, 2000


hey people wazzup!?...well i don't know much about dinosours but aperntly you guys do i mean WOW! well i've read all the comments and it appears that all of you are good!But ...BRAD tkaes the cake he is really good i just know alittle bit of things...wel nice to know that somekids are experts..well see ys!
from jonathan.R, age 13, vancouver, b.c., canada; July 23, 2000


I love dinosaurs they rock i wish they were still a live i love them so much.
from emily, age 9, south haven, michigan, usa; July 21, 2000


Dinos are awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
from Eric T, age 11, ?, California, U.S.A; July 21, 2000


Why do yu dont send nothing of movies or stiker to the schools Glassel Park
from Jaquelin or Jaqui, age 17, Los Angeles, U.S., California; July 21, 2000


I have found a new type on dino it is named "amuraburtacus n Deesanpewanedret" meaning wonder of God it has A neck that is 25 feet long and 5 feet wide it is shaped like a rapto, Bron, and a plat tei substance. the carbon date is two weeks from today July 20, 2000. it will be know all over the world in not to long if u don't believe me watch the news, ?????????????? sorry my spelling is bad but i'm in a hury
from ???????????????????????????, age 58, Franklin, Montana, USA; July 21, 2000


Look at any dinosaur art site, and you'll see feathered dromaeosaurs. Remember when Deinonychus was actually scary, and not just a hairy proto-chicken? I think THERE IS STILL HOPE FOR NON-FEATHERED DROMAEOSAURIDS! Yes, we've got Saurornithosaurus milleni. But remember, S. milleni would be an early, basal dromaeosaur at 124 million years ago. That means that even if it had feathers, the dromaeosaurs of 80 million years ago could have lost them. I don't know why they would, but I don't see it as impossible. Secondly, Saurornithosaurus was relatively tiny for a dinosaur, about the size of a modern bitd of prey. I've never studied the actual fossils, but I'd be willing to guess this is an animal was maybe half grown. Its possible that feathers were a trait found only in young dromaeosaurs, and they were shed as the animal approached adult size (as has been suggested for Tyrannosaurus). Third, I'm not sure how close the relationship between Saur! ornithosaurus and the more typical Deinonychus/Velociraptor line was. And remember, Utahraptor ostrommaysorum is 125 million yars old, making it roughly the same age as Saurornithosaurus. Its possible that Saurornithosaurus is the ancestor of a small tree-climbing line of manirapotrs including Bambiraptor, and Utahraptor was the ancestor or near-ancestor of the familiar line of ground-running non-feathered predators that includes Deinonychus, Dromaeosaurus and Velociraptor. So I think you can still draw scaly dromaeosaurs if you want to. Any challengers? Come on, lets have a big debate here! Please?
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 20, 2000


i have a joke Q:What Dinosaur looks every where A: A Sawasaur
from William d, age 7, Wellington, ?, New Zealand; July 19, 2000


In my reading, I came across a poorly-known dinosaur with an interestiung history. The story began in summer 1888. Othniel Charles Marsh sent one of his collectors, John Bell Hatcher, to the Judith River beds of Montana where Leidy and Cope had previously worked. Hatcher returned with a pair of horn cores and an occipital condyle (a bulb at the back of the skull). In December 1888, Marsh named a new dinosaur, Ceratops montanus. Marsh belived that Ceratops was closely related to Stegosaurus, but with horns. The horns were 220 mm long, suggesting to modern paleontologists that Ceratops was a chasmosaurine. In 1889, Marsh named another Ceratops species, Ceratops alticornis, based on another pair of huge horn cores (600 mm long and 160 mm in diameter) that he had previously described as those of a bison. These horns came from Colorado. They are alos referred to as Triceratops alticornis. Another species, Ceratops horridus, was also named by Marsh in 1889. Based on a partial skull, Marsh determined it, in an April 1889 account, "to be true Stegosauria, but with the skull and dermal armor strangely modified and specialized just before the group became extinct." The horn cores of tihs specimen were 60 cm long and 40 cm around the base. After some cleaning, Marsh discovered details to create a new genus in August 1889- Triceratops. (The type species of Triceratops is T. horridus) The final species of Ceratops was described by Cope in 1889, but as a species of Monoclonius. "Monoclonius" recurvicornis consisted of an occipital condyle, a pair 210 mm long orbital horns, and a low blunt nasal horn. Hatcher compared the orbital horns to those of Ceratops montanus, and determined that "Monoclonius" recurvicornis should be transferred to Ceratops recurvicornis. With limited remains, Ceratops is a nomen dubium. Since it is Judithian, while Triceratops is from the younger Lancian, it may be the ancestor of Triceratops (or Diceratops might be- different story!). However, I don't think this has ever been suggested by professional palaeontologists, and due ot the dubious status of the genus wouldn't gain much support. Its a fascinating dinosaur to study, but without good remains it is one of the less popular dinosaurs. I like it though. I'll be doing more reports on dubious dinosaurs in the future, 'cause I like them the best. Okay, I'll just stop now and let my dino-hating sister use the computer.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 19, 2000


$45 for 50 Dinocardz? Yikes! Perhaps they are out of production now. I'll try to buy a lot this summer, hopefully I can get my mom to take me to the store that has them. I know how messy cherry juice can be. How ever do you avoid getting it on your carpet? Cherries are expensive here though. Have you tried experimenting with ketchup? Perhaps the really watery ketchup can be put to a good use. Don't you just hate the sneaky woolly mammoth that runs through your house at night sticking his hairs to your stuff?
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 19, 2000


Brad on that red ooze coming out the red ooze comes with 2 packets. And If i want to buy more they cost 5.00 just for 1 packet isnt that a deal NOT!!!! And those dinocardz I saw some at a store and they were really expenceve they 45.00 for 5 packs of cards how much luck can I get?!?! And that red ooze stuff instead of buying it I make it and this is how i Take About 30 cherrys and take a knife and cut open the cherrys then i take the juice and put it in a cup. (Its really messy) And then eat the covers of the cherrys because I love cherrys and then I put the juice in the man and the t-rex bite on the man (and heers a tip(if you make the t-rex bite the mans head more juice comes out tonight i have to wash him off because the juice was still on him and i left him in my room and Hairs got on him. And get this Byrin a boy thinks there is a monster in the ball room because he says that the imanginary monster growled and said come back later im going to! eat you they need to get real see ta. P.S Please answer back.
from Afton, age ?, ?, ?, ?; July 19, 2000


I've got the new Lego catalog, and it has the dinosaur stuff in it. I reported on these toys a while ago, but at the time I did not know about set 5955 All Terrain Trapper. I have now seen this set in stores, and it is one of the best. For about $43, you get a campsite, a dinosaur trap, an amphibious vehicle, a team of three hunters, TRICERATOPS, STEGOSAURUS, and BABY T. REX. I can't afford it yet, but hopefully by mid-August I will be in that range. (That is if I don't spend any money on my trip to Science North in Sudbury- highly unlikely!) The catalog also revealed a special set that can only be purcahsedthrough the catalog. K5903 Dino Expedition consists of a wee little helicopter, a cart for hauling supplies, two scientists, and BABY T. REX! Unfortunatley, Lego has lsited this set as a very decieving $4.99, which through taxes, shipping and handling, and converion rates becomes more like $15! Including it in a larger order will help a ! bit, but it will remain difficult ot get without spending a lot of money. I have decided that I will own a complete set of these toys, colecting mainly at Christmas, and my bithday (2 weeks after Christmas). The complete checklist is: K5903 Dino Expedition, 5920 Island Racer, 5921 Research Glider, 5934 Track Master, 5935 Island Hopper, 5955 All Terrain Trapper, 5975 T-Rex Transport, and 5987 Dino Research Compound. Most sets have an exclusive dinosaur you can't get from another set, but many are minor differneces in colour of the feet. If you owned a complete set, you would have 1 tan pterodactyl, 1 red pterodactyl, 2 orange pterodactyls, 4 baby tyrannosaurs, 2 adult tyrannosaurs, 1 white-footed stegosaur, 1 orange-footed stegosaur, 1 orange-footed ceratopsian, and 1 grey-footed ceratopsian. Most impressive!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 18, 2000


The first dinosaur tooth was found in 1822.
from Afton L., age ?, ?, ?, ?; July 18, 2000


Hi Afton. I mostly learn from books too, although I get information on new discoveries from the internet. I have some books I don't understand too. My brain is still there, but filters out most of the non-dino stuff.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 18, 2000


Hey Brad you know a lot about dinosaurs where did you learn all that stuff. I get books I don't even under stand I guess I have to alot more older till I'm older and some people tell me that to. I HATE WHEN PEOPLE TELL ME THAT!!!! I love dinosaurs. And you write alot about dinosaurs I wish my brain was still alive because when school stopped I think my brain went to sleep. Well if your there Brad answer me because I have other sentences you need to read and answer. Bye Brad and the other people that are reading this. See ya!
from Afton l., age 10, Cameron, Mo., North America; July 18, 2000


Sounds like some good stuff, Afton. I only have one glow-in-the-dark dinosaur toy, an Apatosaurus. They're great to display right beside your bed at night. I also have dinosaur sheets and blankets on my bed, bearing the official Jurassic Park logos. I have a fair deal of Jurassic Park and The Lost world action figures, but I've never seen the one you described. I've had a few gory ones, like Dennis Nedry with detachable arms, juvenile Tyrannosaurus with exposable ribs, Stegosaurus with a chunk out of the hip, and Allosaurus with about six detachable sections, including ribs, a leg, tail vertebrae... I've never had one that actually bled before though. Do you have to buy refils?
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 18, 2000


As I said, Afton, Dinocardz are hard to come by. The only store I know that sells them is the Toy Store in Peterborough, Ontario, and that won't really help you. I have also seen them sold as souveneirs at a dinosaur robotics show that was at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto last summer. Check around with small toy stores and museum shops who carry lots of dinosaur items. I can't gaurantee that you'll find any, as they were made in 1992 and are not a hot product of this year's Disney-sparked dino craze. If you find any, it is worth buying as many packs as you can. 10 cards cost about $2, much cheaper than Pokemon. They are better quality though, and the artwork is beautiful. I have 40 of these cards, including some duplicates. There is supposed to be 100 in the set, but there is no checklist so each new card is a surprise. Cards fall into different categories, normal dinosaur info, Facts and Finds, and Headset.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 18, 2000


Well Katrina the baby t-rex was the size of a grownups arm and the stegasaurus was the size of a grownups leg and arm.
from Afton, age 10, Cameron, MO., North America; July 17, 2000


HEY MELANIE.
from Afton l., age 10, Cameron, MO., North America; July 17, 2000


BRAD WHERE DID YOU GET THE DINOCARDZ!?!? I WANT TO START A COLLECTION OF THEM! PLEASE TELL ME.!
from Afton, age 10, Cameron, MO., North America; July 17, 2000


Holly the reason that the dinosaurs could live in the heat is that they travled in groups to find water. And the reason that dinosaurs were so big is because they new how to take care of themselves.
from Afton, age 10, Cameron, MO., North America; July 17, 2000


Well Brad I like to collect all the dinosaurs thet i can I've got glow in the dark dinosaurs paint dinosaurs a bed cover with dinosaurs on it dinosaur curtains, Dinosaur action toys my favorite one is the T-rex and this man and you make the t-rex bite the man and red ooze comes out! Its cool but it's messy!
from Afton L., age 10, Cameron, Mo, North America; July 17, 2000


Well Brad i get money from my dad Foster mom Grandma from hard work and other things! I got $1,324,34 out of pokemon things. and i have ALOT more.
from Afton, age 10, Cameron, MO., North America; July 17, 2000


Some people say that the T-Rex is the only one who is the most feared. But I don't think that the Vilocaraptor is the most feared too! Well on number 1 thought the raptor is faster then the T-rex and has longer arms. But the T-rex is feared for it's huge teeth and powerful jaws. And the T-rex is fierd for it's size and strenghth.
from Afton l., age 10, Cameron, Mo., North America; July 17, 2000


Dinosaurs are so cool! I learned that the Para makes a sound that comes from the top of their heads thats wierd. And I think that Tyranasaurus-Rex Raised their young. And the Compys were about the size of a wee chicken. I learned more off the computer game Jurassic park Caos Island. See ya.
from Afton l., age 10, Cameron, Mo., North America; July 17, 2000


Great collecting, Afton! What kind of stuff are you into? I like to collect Carnegie Collection replicas, although I occasionally buy from other lines to get a more complete collection (Amargasaurus, Saichania). I also collect books too. Books by professional paleontologists are especially treasured. I have some Dinocardz, but I only know one place that sells them and it is far away. You can still get money from Pokemon?!? And get 50 dinosaur things? Tell me how you did it!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 17, 2000


Dinosaurs are so awesome. I even watched Jurassic park 1 and 2 I kind of liked the part on number 2 was when there is the compy and kelly part and kelly says do you want this piece of cheese and then Kelly and think he thought kelly smelled better. Then Ian came in and then the Compy ate Ian. Im a dinosaur lover to When I grow up I'm going to be a dinosaur person. I have little dinosaurs there really cool!!! well i've got to go see ya!
from Afton l., age 10, Cameron, Mo., North America.; July 17, 2000


I like carnivores dinosaurs because I think herbivores are so cool.
from Volkan, age 13, Ankara, ?, Turkey; July 17, 2000


I've just started to collect dinosaur stuff and I've got 50 things! I used to like Pokemon but now I've got right into Dinosaurs. I sell my Pokemon stuff now I've gotten alot of money out of them. Is my 2 second time to be here and I love it!! I love the Imax shows well i've got to go now Bye.
from Afton L., age 10, Cameron, Mo., North America; July 17, 2000


Dinosaurs are awesome!!!!!
from Gabriel, age 7, Cameron, Mo., Noth America; July 17, 2000


I just learned that there are three newly discovered dinosaurs. Pyroraptor olympius is a new dromaeosaur from France. Pyroraptor lived during the late Campanian and early Maastrictian stages of the Late Cretaceous. It was named by Allain and Taquet this year. Its name means "Fire raider from Mt. Olympe" because it was discovered after a forest fire. It could be the same thing as Variraptor. Another new dinosaur is Nqwebasaurus thwazi, which might be a basal coelurosaurian. It lived in South Africa during the mid Tithonian to early Valanginarian, making it Late Jurassic or Early Cretaceous. The specimen has been nicknamed "Kirky" because it was found in the Kirkwood formation. Kirky is 70% of an articulated skeleton, including a fragmentary cranium, 7 neck vertebrae, forelimbs, leg bones, and isolated bones. There was a very large claw on the first digit. Nqwebasaurus was named by de Klerk, Forster, Sampson, hinsamy and Ross, also this year. ! It is unique for being the first dinosaur genus with a click sound. The 'q' is used to represent a palatial click made on the roof of the mouth. I can't wait until Dinosauria online adds this to their pronunciation guide. :) The other new dinosaur is a new specis of Caudipteryx, C. dongi. It was named by Zhou and wong this year. It is known from one specimen with feather impressions and gastroliths.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 15, 2000


Many people want a pet dinosaur. Which is the best? Well, I review the known types. I'll start with prosauropods. These I do not recommend. They are not as intelligent as later dinosaurs, and the larger ones would demand a lot of food and space. The sauropods are perhaps the worst. They would be nearly impossible to provide food or shelter for, and would require a litter box the size of a swimming pool, changed daily. On the other branch of the Saurischia, we have the theropods. Small theropods are pretty good choices. I would aviod the earlier types, ceratosaurs, and get a coelurosaur. They're intelligent, not too big, and could probably be tamed much as wolves and wildcats were to become popular pets. The larger thropods aren't as good. Too much meat to buy, and even a friendly gesture could be deadly. Small ornithopos are good. Avoid the agressive Heterodontosaurus, and get a Leaellynasaura- smart, small and really cute by dinosaur! standards. Bigger ornithopods are acceptable, but not as easy to maintain. Pachycephalosaurs are prone to fight, but if nobody else on your street has one they could be a decent pet. If you must have a pachycephalosaur, get a female. Stegosaurs and ankylosaurs are no highly reccommended- not smart, and a lot of food to buy. Ceratopsians have some great possibilies, I am thinking Microceratops as an awesome pet. Triceratops, not so good. Well, that is waht I think. You can of course buy whatever pet dinosaur you want.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 15, 2000


Me too Kendall I would love to have a dinosaur for a pet. I would chose a anklysaurus. I would name him Tiger.
from Kellen, age 6, ?, OR, USA; July 15, 2000


I would love to have a dinosaur for a pet. I would chose a duckbill.
from Kendall, age 7, ?, OR, USA; July 15, 2000


I have almost every single dinosaur toy because I LOVE DINOSAURS! I don't have a favorite because they are all my favorites.
from Kellen, age 6, ?, Oregon, USA; July 14, 2000


I think dinosaurs are really cool. Sometimes I even ask my brother if I may play with some of his dinosaur toys because I just love dinosaurs.
from Kendall, age 7, ?, Oregon, USA; July 14, 2000


Dinosaurs are so cool! I wish they were still alive.
from Afton L., age 10, Cameron, Mo, North America; July 14, 2000


dinosaurs are cool
from ?, age 9, ?, ?, ?; July 14, 2000


I LIKE the Tyrannosauruus rex
from Kayla J., age 9, Cleveland, Ohio, NORTH America; July 14, 2000


I THINK DINOSAURSARE ARE VERY QUIT
from Kayla MARIE J., age 9, CLEVELAND, OHIO, North AMERICA; July 14, 2000


Hey Drew, and everyone else with strong feelings about T. rex's popularity! I have opened up two polls for us to talk about T. rex. The first one deals with why T .rex is popular, and can be found at http://www.freevote.com/booth/loverex Hopefully, this poll will help us relize why T .rex has so many more votes than any other dinosaur, and allow us to judge whether these are good reasons. Many of you think T. rex doesn't deserve its votes, which is why I created my second poll at http://www.freevote.com/booth/haterex Here you can pick your reason for not liking our tyrant king getting so many votes, or submit your own. If we make it clear why T. rex isn't liked, maybe we can actually come up with a good way to bring the number of votes for T. rex down. So, don't hesitate to visit one of my polls and submit a vote today!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 13, 2000


Every buddy thinks that the t rex was the best in the world "some people" but really all he was was a scavanger he didn't run fast and didn't have big arm to grab stuff. any comments don't be scare to prove me wrong.
from Drew W, age 12, Kewanee, IL, United States of America; July 11, 2000


Just love everything about dinosuars. The more I know the better.
from Jake E, age 7, North Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia; July 10, 2000


HEY MY DINO FRIENDS
from Melanie, age 12, ?, New South Wales, Australia; July 10, 2000


You are COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
from Thomas.P, age 9, Thomaston, ct, U.S.A; July 10, 2000


What are you doing abuat dinosaurus
from Andrew M., age 12, Huntsville, Alabama, ?; July 10, 2000


I like dinosaurs because they lived log ago and I read lots of books about them and I know lot of them kinds I want to visit natural museum And I think they were very intersting.
from fat, age 11, athens, attica, greece; July 10, 2000


I need help finding out about how big a stegosaurus baby, brontosaurus baby and a tyrannosaurus rex baby is?i need it by tomorrow as i am writing a childrens story. THANKS
from katrina, age 17, bristol, ?, england; July 10, 2000


People think Velociraptor was the fastest because of Jurassic Park, when Muldoon said they were as fast as cheetahs. This is wrong! Velociraptor was fast for a dromaeosaur, but dromaeosaurs in general had short thick legs that weren't very speedy (look at a picture of Utahraptor to see those thick legs, they were twice as thick as Allosaurus legs!). Raptors might have used their legs for kangaroo-like jumping. Ornithomimids were faster than Velociraptor, theyy had longer, more slender hind limbs.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 10, 2000


Hello, Those who don't know anything about the Velociraptor I'll post it for you. Velociraptor "Swift robber" Length: 6ft (1.8m) Period: Late Cretaceous. Range: Mongolia. Died while attacking a Protoceratops Suborder: Theropoda.
from Bryan, age 11, Willow Grove, PA, United States; July 10, 2000


Dinosaurs were some of the most successful animals of all time. They ruled the world for 160 million years. Maybe longer if it hadn't been for that asteroid or comet that hit the Yucatan Penisula 65 million years ago(that's what I think killed them anyway). If an asteroid or comet did kill the dinosaurs, are there any other impact related extinctions? Could it happen again? What would happen? Would mankind be wiped out? Who would survive and become the ruler of the world?
from Phillip S., age 10, Sterling, Illinois, United States of America; July 9, 2000


Why dose every body think that the volosratoir is the fastest.
from Jonathan Russle L., age 10, Nanimo, BC, Vancover; July 9, 2000


Magenta, isn't it a little boring to sty the same for 200 million years? All of the "living fossil" animals like the tuatura, cockroach, shark, dragonfly, coelocanth, etc., really don't compare with dinosaurs. Yes, they are old, but since we can see them alive today they don't have that mystery around them that makes dinosaurs interesting. I do care about other Mesozoic animals like icthyosaurs and pterosaurs, do you think they are boring because they went extinct?
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; July 8, 2000


Dinosaurs are boring.There were other animals that are still around that lived then.It is much more impressive to live for so long than to die.No body cares that any other animals lived then too.
from Magenta, age 13, Topsham, Maine, USA; July 7, 2000


MY FAVORITE DINO IS THE T-REX BECAUSE IT'S A MEAT EATER&AND I ALSO LIKE THREE HORNS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BIG HORNS TO ATTACK THE T-REX.
from BRANDON, age 6, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, U.S.A.; July 4, 2000


I WANT A DINOSAUR FOR A PET.IF I HAD A DINOSAUR FOR A PET IT WOULD BE A BORONTASUARUS.
from Deanne A, age 7, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA; July 3, 2000


Dinosaurs are awesome! Espicially the carnivores
from Patrick G, age 10, Midlothian, Virginia, United States; July 3, 2000


I think dinosaur should still be living on this earth
from Amber, age 10, Middleburg, Florida, America; July 3, 2000


Dinosaurs are the best.They are cool!
from Nicole B, age 7, Georgetown, ontario, Canada; July 3, 2000


how did dino appear to this world, and no more now?
from manisha, age 12, klang, selangor, malaysia; July 2, 2000


Where would a dino be found? What was the first dino to be found? How come people do this for a living? Where was the first dino found in? How do the people know what dino it is? Do dinos relate to birds?
from Freddy M., age 12, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; July 1, 2000


I wanna know how Dinosaurs lived in all that heat? I also wanna know why they were so big?
from Holly, age 10, LexingtonPark, Maryland, United States; June 30, 2000


Hi, Drew. I'm not really that knowledgable about the big Mexican dinosaur. Labocania is a poorly-known, good-sized theropod from this region, and it might have been a tyrannosaur. I've never seen any references to it being bigger than T. rex, though it is sometimes said to be bulkier in the head and body. Moving even further south into South America, we will find the famous big predator Giganotosaurus. This dinosaur is consistently recorded as bigger than T. rex. The African dinosaur is Carcharodontosaurus. It was originally described as being smaller than T. rex, but is now thought to be bigger because we know how long its skull was. Neither Giganotosaurus or Carcharodontosaurus are closely related to T. rex. They come form an allosaur ancestor. Labocania may be a southernly-migratining tyrannosaur that went on its own evolutionary path, but I'll have to look up some current information on it.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; June 29, 2000


A couple of reasons, Holly. First, not every dinosaur became fossilized. Actually, very few dinosaurs were fossilized compared to all dinosaurs that ever lived. Second, the land had to erode to the right level for the bones ot be exposed, but not destroyed. This has only happened in some places. Some areas probably have dinosaurs, but they are burried to deeply to excavate. Another reason is that the ground is often covered with plants, water, pavement or buildings that hide the fossils. And since some dinosaur bones aren't that obvious against the ground, and you could pass within a few feet of one and not see it. I have yet to find a dinosaur, but I do have a nice collection of bivalves, crinoids, sponges and a possible snail or juvenile ammonite (is that what they're called? The cool things with the coiled shells and tentacles).
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; June 29, 2000


I'll try to help, Rynica. The biggest dinosaur in the world right now is the ostrich. The biggest dinosaur of all times is Argentinosaurus. T. rex would have fought for numerous reasons. It may have been trying to impress a potential mate, take over its opponents territory, steal the other perdators food or even kill the other dinosaur for food. As for your question about herds, it baffles me too. We would have to find out by looking at living herd animals. My idea is that young dinosaurs left the herd in sibling groups, merged with a non-related group, and then split up every time the herd got too large.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; June 29, 2000


Hi, Drew. I'm not really that knowledgable about the big Mexican dinosaur. Labocania is a poorly-known, good-sized theropod from this region, and it might have been a tyrannosaur. I've never seen any references to it being bigger than T. rex, though it is sometimes said to be bulkier in the head and body. Moving even further south into South America, we will find the famous big predator Giganotosaurus. This dinosaur is consistently recorded as bigger than T. rex. The African dinosaur is Carcharodontosaurus. It was originally described as being smaller than T. rex, but is now thought to be bigger because we know how long its skull was. Neither Giganotosaurus or Carcharodontosaurus are closely related to T. rex. They come form an allosaur ancestor. Labocania may be a southernly-migratining tyrannosaur that went on its own evolutionary path, but I'll have to look up some current information on it.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; June 29, 2000


why do t,rex,s look stupid
from steven, age 14, edingburgh, scotland, scotland; June 29, 2000


Why is it so hard to find dinosaur fossils?
from Holly, age 10, Lexington Park, LeonardTown, Maryland; June 29, 2000


What is the largest dinosaur in the world? Why does T-rex always fight with the other dinosaurs? When the dinosaurs left to find a new home did they go in groups?
from Rynica, age 10, Lexington Park, Maryland, United States; June 29, 2000


Big And Important People that want to know how dino's died here it is. When a meteror struck the Earth it Killed the dino's in a radius not all at once. This blocked out the sun and the vegitation died out. But when the meteror hit it shuck the world causing earthquakes and volcanos which broke the pangea, and killed some dino's. but the vegitation animals died of starvation. The meat eaters and the ones that ate both ate dead meat. And if it had been posoned by vocanic gases it would kill them to or it had been seating there for a long time. Thats why we still have alligaors and frogs. because it didn't efect the fish and the bugs in the air. And when the meteror hit it caused the earth to move in a colder obit or it move the earth into an ice age. it wouldn't effect the ocean because the ocean is always moving. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTINOS ABOUT THIS E-MAIL ME HERE Thank you for reading my artical
from Drew W, age 12, Kewanee, IL, United States of America; June 28, 2000

Drew, sorry, but I can't include people's e-mail addresses online. JC


If they say that the T-Rex was the biggest and baddest how come there were two more dino that lived in Central America (Not the US but Mexico) and North Aferica. They had a different name but the had but maybe two difference. and the one in Mexico was bigger than the T-Rex but the one in Aferica was even bigger. Was it migration or evalution.
from Drew W, age 12, Kewanee, IL, United States of America; June 28, 2000


No Simon, you are not cool.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; June 28, 2000


did dinosaurs die of enviorment?
from kriston b, age 10 1/2, st.louis, missiouri, united states; June 28, 2000


dinosaurs are not cool
from simon, age 6, toowoomba, queensland, australia; June 27, 2000


Di you know that the T-rex's tooth was 6in long.
from BOb, age 29, Albuquerque, N.M, USA; June 27, 2000


I work with K-1 students in a computer lab. Our lab is very special, it is used only to enhance early reading and writing skills.(our other computer labs are used in many other ways). Because our Natural History Musem has finished assembling It's Giganotosaurus, and Disney has released it's Dinosaur movie this summer, I hope to do a unit on dinosaurs. My plan is to present to the whole group an introduction to dinosaurs watch " Magic School Bus Busasaurus" movie. This will be followed viewing your web site and learning how to collect data. Next I will give each child a plastic egg, each egg will have a dinosaur to identify and a worksheet to fill out. It will ask the name of the dinosaur. Was it big or little? Did it fly, walk on 2 or 4 legs? What did it like to eat, and to list any other interesting facts. The challange after that will be to use the Kid Pix program to draw a picture and write a fact.Then we will bind it and make a class book. T! his should be a wonderful project for first graders. Thank you for your wonderful web site.
from Theresa G., age 40, Atlanta, Georgia., U.S.A.; June 26, 2000


Lost world Lego sets are at Toys R us!! There are at least 6 sets. The smallest set is a cool Adeventurers car with a guy in it, but no dinosaur. Nice car, but NO DINOSAUR? I'm not getting one. It costs about $6. I highly recommend set 5921 Research Glider, which sells for $9. It has a small aerial vehicle with a guy in it, a Pteranodon, and the Pteranodon's nest. I'm playing with it right now. The next biggest set is a vehicle with big joined wheels similar to the Arctic vehicles. I have some Arctic vehicles already, so it doesn't thrill me. It also has two scientists, a campsite, and Pteranodon. Sells for $20. Next up is an awesome plane that comes with... not again! Pteranodon! Finally, at $70, there is the 5975 T-Rex Transport. Awesome set with a boat, a trailer, a car, and REAL DINOSAURS! Triceratops, adult Tyrannosaurus, and hatchling Tyrannosaurus! But it doesn't stop there. The biggest set, the $109 5987 Dino Research Compound! , is again an even cooler toy. A sort of campsite for containing dinosaurs, it comes with Stegosaurus, both sizes of T. rex, and a neat little plane that drops a net on an unsuspecting saurian. The Stegosaurus is in my opinion the coolest Lego dinosaur, and I wish they put him in a cheaper set. The mysterious set 5955 is said to contain both Triceratops on Lego-Stego, but I didn't see it and have no idea of its size or content. I hope it is small. Well, that is my report. Good luck on saving for a complete set!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; June 24, 2000


Does Igounodon walk on two or four legs?
from adakjak, age 335, sjdda, jgkkkhtl, skyt; June 23, 2000


Adakjak Iguanodon mostly walked on four legs but its' young usually walked on twos. The adults also stood on to feet to reach plants higher up and to keep a look out for carnivores sometime.
from Joshua, age 12, ?, USA, Utah; June 23, 2000


What Color Were The Dinosaurs/
from Bluma, age 7, Lido Beach, New York, USA; June 23, 2000


Bluma, Scientists don't know what colors dinosaurs are because colors can't be preserved in fossils. They can only guess by comparing dinosaurs to animals that are alive today. For example, any smaller dinosaurs might be green to blend in with plants so they can't be seen. That's similar to a tiger blending into savanna grass with its stripes. :-)
from ?, age ?, ?, ?, ?; June 23, 2000


Hey guys, did you know I used to be dumber than petrified wood? Grab a bucket, cause this report on Brachisaurus I wrote when I was like seven is sickening! I found this in my writing folder that I was given back because I graduate grade 8 on Monday (Woohoo!). And ya know what is really sick? I probably passed this assignment. Okay, ahem... "The Brachiosaurus. Habitat. Brachiosaurus lived in Canada (no, there are no Canadian sauropods! man, what did I have for breakfast that day?) and United states. It lived in water (I smell trouble...). It did not walk on land very well because it was so heavy (that was so stupid it left me speechless). So it lived in water. Interesting facts. Brachiosaurus means Arm Lizard because it's front legs were longer. This large Jurassic dinosaur was oe of the heaviest lizards that ever lived (I thought Brachiosaurus was a LIZARD? Crazy). It was big but its eggs were small. It grew quick. Food. It ate top ! branches of trees (excuse me, but isn't this the same fellow that can't walk on land? are these trees growing on the beach or something?) using its long neck to raise its head up to eat. It was a herbivore. The bump on top of its head was its nose so it breath under water while it ate water plants (uh, Brad, wake up! Its the 1990s, not the 1950s!). Appearance. It had a very long neck and weighed 67.5 metric tons. It was as tall as a three story building or taller. It was 23-24m long. It's brain was very small (aren't we discussing appearance here?). It's back was sloped." So, there is my report on the Brachiosaurus. I should set things right and do a good essay on the Brachiosaurus. Maybe in the summer, when I have time. Anyway, I just needed to let that out.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; June 23, 2000


I love dinosaur because it is big
from Arashi, age 11, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia; June 23, 2000


Giganotosaurs is meaner then TRANNOSAURS!!!!! but he is not a Tyrannosaur!!!he is a Allosaur,anit that weird??
from Dustin, age 9, Mastic, NY, US; June 22, 2000


Could I see faster dinor's moving?
from Julia, age ?, seoul, ?, South Korea; June 21, 2000


Dinosuars are so cool. I think that they should still be alive so then we could study them some more. My favorite is the Tyrannosuarus Rex. He is the bomb! He can kil the other dinosuars which I think is mean but you got to have a little fun in your life, right?
from Lucia D, age 11, Somerville, New Jersey, USA; June 21, 2000


How fast could a T-REX run?
from Woongsin L., age Age9, Los Angeles, Ca., U.S.A; June 21, 2000


Hi guys. My teacher told me of this site so I came here and I think it's really cool. I love Dinosaurs but one thing always boggles me. Their extinction. I mostly believe the asteroid theory. But then I wonder how all the mammals and birds and alligatorslived but the swimming reptiles, flying reptiles, and Dinosaurs all died out. Then I got to thinking that maybe there was no asteroid and that all the dinosaurs just evolved into birds over time. And the flying reptiles lost the sky to the birds and the swimming reptiles evolved into what are now sharks dolphins and fish. I wondered but then how would you explain the ice age. So maybe dinosaurs evovled to birds and alligators after the asteroid landed. Well, I'm trying to make good guesses. It's just very strange though. We went on a class feild trip May 16 to a Dinosaur museum AND to an actual DIGSITE. A man at the dig site showed us around and we got to see real dinosaur bones. Fossils! I'll have t! o scan my pictures on the internet. I got a really good picture of a Maiasaura nest.Well I told "our tour guide" my theroys of the dinosaur extinction and he said I would make a really good paleontologist. So I hope to look foreword to that in the future. Bye!
from Joshua, age 12, ?, USA, Utah; June 21, 2000


Sorry Joshua, I don't buy your theory at all. Alligators and Dinosaurs are both archosaurs, but they went their seperate evolutionary ways in the Triassic, after the ?crocotarsi (I'm not sure if its actually called this, but it would be roughly similar) and ornithodira ("bird necks", the dinosaur, pterosaur and bird group) split. Dinosaurs aren't alligator ancestors, just cousins. Theropods began evolving into birds during the Jurassic, but there were still non-avian theropods in the Cretaceous. Worse, where did the sauropods, ceratopians, ankylosaurs, and ornithopods go? They don't have any living descendants. Pterosaurs may have been losing the sky to the birds. I'm certain plesiosaurs and icthyosaurs don't have descendants, unless you count the loch ness monster as a plesiosaur descendant. Mosasaurs, monitor lizards, and snakes are related, though they spilt before the end of the Cretaceous. I really don't care at all about Cretaceous sea ! turtles, though they could be ancestral to modern sea turtles. Marine reptiles are more closely related to us than they are to sharks. Incredibly weird, but true. And the ice age had nothing to do with the Cretaceous extinction. If you are referring to the one we just had in the Pleistcene, dinosaurs were already dead for about 64 million years at that point. So luckily, I guess, you don't need to explain that. Look elsewhere than evolution. My advice is to work on the competition theory you have about birds and pterosaurs. That is a good thought, since species do sometimes overtake others, when introduced into an ecosystem that didn't have to evolve to cope with them. Don't feel bad, I've made tons of really weird theories. I'm not going to tell you if I beleive in an asteroid or not, ('cause I don't care if there was or not) I just want you to keep revising your own creative stuff until we have a plausible explanation.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; June 23, 2000


HI! I've been reading some comments down below and boy you guys sure know a lot. And Brad, you're really good. Did ya'll know the first time the word Dinosaur was used was in 1842. The first fossil ever found was a tooth which led on to the discussin about what it came from and later......... The Dinosaur. I'm starting a model of a Styracosaurus. It's not a bone model its going to be the real thing. Well gotta go. Bye!
from Joshua, age 12, ?, USA, Utah; June 21, 2000


Thanks, Joshua. I'm really interested in seeing your styracosaur model. It sounds cool. I have a half finished attept at Edmontosaurus giganteus, or Shantungosaurus, or whatever, somewhere in my living room. It is wire with clay on top, and is kind of heay and brittle. I hope you can actually finish your projects. Got a paint colour in mind yet? If you've got the technology, scan a photo when your done, post it out on the web, and tell me where to see it!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; June 23, 2000


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