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Dodo

DODO

The dodo is an extinct, flightless bird that lived on an island in the Indian Ocean near Africa.
Doedicurus

DOEDICURUS

Doedicurus (family glyptodontidae) was an ancient armadillo that lived during the Pleistocene. This extinct, armored mammal had four short legs, powerful jaws, with no teeth in the front and grinding teeth farther back in the jaws. This glyptodont had a long tail with a mace at the end. Doedicurus was 13 feet (4 m) long and 5 feet (1.5 m) tall. Fossils have been found in Patagonia, South America. These herbivores (plant-eaters) may have been preyed upon by saber-toothed cats and borhyaenids.

DOGGER EPOCH

The Dogger epoch was the middle part of the Jurassic period, about 180 to 159 million years ago.

DOLICHORHYNCHOPS

Dolichorhynchops was a plesiosaur, an aquatic reptile - it was not a dinosaur. It had four flipper-like limbs, a long, pointed, narrow snout filled with teeth, and a shot neck. It lived during the , Dolichorhynchops was named by Williston in 1903. Fossils have been found in Kansas and Wyoming, USA.
DONG ZHIMING
Dong Zhiming is a Chinese paleontologist who named the following Chinese dinosaurs: Alxasaurus (with Russell, 1993), Archaeoceratops (with Azuma, 1998), Bellusaurus (1987), Chungkingosaurus (1983), Datousaurus (1984), Gasosaurus (1985), Gongbusaurus (1983), the family Homalocephalidae (1978), Huayangosaurus (1982), Hudiesaurus (1998), Kelmayisaurus (1973), Microhadrosaurus (1979), Micropachycephalosaurus (1978), Nanshiungosaurus (1979), Shanshanosaurus (1977), Shunosaurus (1983), Siluosaurus (1998), Sinornithoides (with Russell, 1994), Tianchiasaurus (1993), Tugulusaurus (1973), Tuojiangosaurus (1977), Wuerhosaurus (1973), Xiaosaurus (1983), Xuanhanosaurus (1984), Yangchuanosaurus (1978), and Zizhongosaurus (1983). He worked extensively with Dong Zhiming, and also worked with Li, Tang Zilu, Zhang, and Zhou Shiwu, who were co-namers of many of the above-listed dinosaurs.

DORSAL

Dorsal means of, pertaining to, or near an animal's back or upper surface of the body.

DORSAL VERTEBRAE

Dorsal vertebrae are the bones of the spine that support the back, between the cervical vertebrae (the neck) and the sacrum (by the hips).
Douglas

DOUGLASS, EARL

Earl Douglass (1862-1931) was a fossil hunter who in 1909 found the Carnegie Quarry (now known as Dinosaur National Monument) in Utah, USA. Douglass found many specimens (350 tons of fossils!), including Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus, Camptosaurus, Diplodocus, Hoplosuchus, Othnielia, and Stegosaurus, for the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

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