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What color were the dinosaurs?

How (and when) did the dinosaurs go extinct?
How many dinosaurs were there?
What was the biggest dinosaur? What was the smallest dinosaur? Which dinosaur was the largest meat-eater? Were there more plant-eaters or meat-eaters?
How many teeth did T. rex have (and how big were they)? What is the oldest dinosaur ever found? What was the first dinosaur ever found?
Did birds evolve from the dinosaurs?

Were there any flying dinosaurs?

Were there any swimming dinosaurs?
How do you know what the enemies of a dinosaur were? What kind of habitats did the dinosaurs live in?


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Q: what was the name of the contents jammed together
from Casey C, LaJunta, 81050, ?; May 23, 2007

A: Pangea



Q: In many pictures of dinosaurs there is a "pouch" between the back legs. Is this just the picture or is it really part of the dinosaur's body?
from Daniel Z, Riga, Latvia, ?; August 25, 2005

A: That area is where the lower parts of the dinosaur's hip bones are. For a picture, look at the flashing skeleton of T. rex on this page.



Q: What were the sizes of the triceratops, t-rex and velocirapter foot prints?
from Cathy T., San Jose, Ca, USA, ?; July 12, 2005

A: T. rex footprints were about 1.55 feet (46 cm) long. Velociraptor was much smaller, leaving a footprint about 20 cm long. Triceratops left footprints about a foot long.



Q: My 2nd grade triplets each need to come up with a project using 1000 items-any ideas?
from Karen D, Huntsville, Al, ?; April 29, 2005

A: We have a page on activities for the number 100 - you can adapt some of those activities for the number 1000, like "What happened 1,000 years ago?" "Skip counting by 10's to 1,000," or "What I would do if I had $1,000".



Q: Did the ankylosaurus hunt in packs or by themselves
from yoli a, sylmar, ca, ?; April 17, 2005

A: Ankylosaurus was a plant-eater (an herbivore); it did not hunt or eat meat. For more information on Ankylosaurus, click here.



Q: Did Pteradactyls eat plants?
from nancy f, madison, WI, ?; February 23, 2005

A: No, Pteradactyls were carnivores. For information on Pteradactyls, click here.



Q: Why are Dinosaurs called "Dinosaurs"? What made a land-dwelling reptile a "dinosaur"?
from Cally S., Cedar Ridge, CA, USA, ?; February 22, 2005

A: The word dinosaur (meaning "fearfully great lizard") was coined by Sir Richard Owen in 1841. Dinosaurs had an erect stnace because of they had a different hip structure than other reptiles - their legs did not sprawl out to the side. For more information on what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, click here.



Q: What were the dimensions of the hind feet of a T. Rex. Also, what were the dimensions of an Apatosaurus's feet?
from Dorothy C., New Portland, Maine, ?; January 10, 2005

A: T. rex left footprints 1.55 feet (46 cm) long (although its feet were much longer, about 3.3 feet (1 m) long; T. rex, like other dinosaurs, walked on its toes). Apatosaurus's feet were about the size of bathtub.



Q: I am a site supporter. I am looking for information on the Henodus, including its diet, what its name means, and how to pronounce it. Thank you!
from Jane, Austin, TX, ?; January 5, 2005

A: Henodus(pronounced hen-o-dus) was a marine reptile about 3.25 feet (1 m) long. It was not a dinosaur, but a placodont. It had no teeth, but used its hard, horny beak to get and crush shellfish. Henodus had a box-like head, 4 legs, a short, pointed tail, and a flat body. It was protected from predators, like Ichthyosaurs, by bony plates that formed a shell on its back and stomach. Although it resembled a turtle, it was not closely related to turtles. It lived during the late Triassic period, when it swam in the Tethys Sea. Fossils have been found in Germany. Classification: Order Placondontia, Family Henodontidae (armored placodonts).



Q: I'm looking for any information on eating habits and coloration of a dinosaur from Southern Australia called the Kakuru.
from Sarah S., Dearborn, MI, ?; October 18, 2004

A: The coloration of skin is not preserved in fossils, so no one knows what color any of the dinosaurs were. Eating habits of dinosaurs are only known when fossilized stomach contents are found (there are VERY rare) or when fossilized feces are found (this is not as rare, but determining which dinosaurs produced the feces is not usually possible). For information on Kakuru, click here.



Q: What are the measurements of an Apatosaurus footprint?
from Danielle E, Stony Brook, NY, USA, ?; October 6, 2004

A: Huge dinosaur footprints have been found (that belonged to sauropod dinosaurs, like Apatosaurus), but determining which genus of sauropod dinosaur made which footprint is almost impossible. Sauropod footprints can be as big as a bathtub (about 6 feet or 2 m long).



Q: I do not see any information about the recent find Rajasaurus (Rajasaurus Narmadensis) found in India on the banks of River Narmada. It is supposed to have lived during the late cretaceous era.
from Jyoti Y, San Jose, CA, ?; March 30, 2004

A: For an entry on Rajasaurus narmadensis, click here.



Q: Where can Iety more information about the Tylosaurus?
from Louanne L, San Francisco, CA, ?; March 29, 2004

A: For an entry on Tylosaurus, click here. For more on mosasaurs in general, click here.



Q: Were the earliest dino. bipedal or quadrupedal?
from sidney j., sauk village, IL, U.S., ?; March 6, 2004

A: The earliest dinosaurs that are known are kangaroo-sized dinosaurs have were found in Madagascar . They were probably prosauropods, primitive, plant-eating dinosaurs that had a small head and a long neck. They walked on four legs, but could perhaps rear up on two legs to feed. Another early dinosaur is Euoplocephalus, which was bipedal (it walked in two legs).



Q: What do dino eat
from jacob m, Fayetteville, TN, ?; March 3, 2004

A: Different dinosaurs ate different things, but most dinosaurs were plant eaters (herbivores), like Triceratops and Apatosaurus. Some dinosaurs were meat-eaters (carnivores), like T. rex and Velociraptor. For a page on dinosaur diets, click here.



Q: what were triceratops eggs and nest like? what were the eggs and nest of stegosaurus?
from cp comuneros, avila, spain, ?; January 29, 2004

A: Although many fossilized dinosaur eggs have been found, for most of them, the genus and species if not known. Although none of the known eggs have been idetified as belonging to Triceratops or Stegosaurus, these dinosaurs probably laid their eggs in clutches (small groups) in simple nests (perhaps a hole in the ground). For more information on dinosaur nests and eggs, click here.



Q: What geologic period of time did the first armor plated shark appear? Name?
from Patrick W, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvinna; June 3, 2003

A: The earliest armored fish appeared during the early Devonian Period (including cteraspidomorphs, cephalaspidomorphs, placoderms - but these were not sharks). Around this same time, there were "spined sharks" (Acanthodians like Parexus and Ischnacanthus) that had bony structures near the gills (called branchiostegal rays). I don't know of any sharks that had true body armor (since they have no bones, shark fossils are very rare - if there had been armored sharks, their fossils would been more likely to form than those of other sharks).



Q: How do you pronounce compsognathus, lesothosaurs-- seismosaurs? I came across these names in phonics class and we could not find their correct pronounciation and I told the studens that I would have answers for them on Monday. They are researching also. Thanks Carolyn
from carolyn S, Osmond, NE, USA; May 2, 2003 (not a site supporter)

A: Please see the dinosaur dictionary. Compsognathus is KOMP-sog-NAY-thus (or komp-SOG-na-thus), Lesothosaurus is le-SOH-toh-SAWR-us, Seismosaurus is SIES-mo-SAWR-us.



Q: CAN YOU FIND ME INFO ON THE TARADACTYL
from QUNISHA M., ERIE, PA, EMERSON-GRIDLEY; April 29, 2003

A: For information on Pterodactylus, click here.



Q: Where did the Velociraptor live? Did it live in America?
from Jessie C., Overland Park, KS; April 22, 2003

A: Velociraptor fossils have been found in Mongolia, Russia, and China. A similar type of raptor has been found in Montana. For more on Velociraptor, click here.



Q: please help me !! i am doing a poster on the Hybodus and i have no imformation what so ever
from megan m, auckland, new zealand, rebecca; April 7, 2003

A: For a dictionary entry on Hybodous, click here.



Q: I'm doing a report on the Teradactyl and have NO IDEA where to find any information on it. PLEASE help! Thanks!
from Danielle, Marietta, Ohio, ?; March 13, 2003

A: For information Pterodactylus, click here.



Q: What dinosaur's name means "roof lizard"?
from Megan,; March 6, 2003

A: Stegosaurus



Q: Can you give me a site to find stuff about Celocanth?
from Ghesliene. S, Maple Ridge, B.C,Canada; February 3, 2003

A: Click here.



Q: At what speed would/could a Plesiosaurs move/travel (land and/or water)?
from Patrick Y, Houma, La; February 10, 2003

A: There were many types of Plesiosaurs of different shapes (some were like long-necked dolphins and others had a larger body) and sizes, and each of these Plesiosaurs could swim at different speeds (I don't have any estimates of fast the various genera swam). They swam using a flapping-like movement of their paddles. For a general page on Plesiosaurs, click here.



Q: I need the fact sheet of the sabre tooth as fast as possible
from Ivan C., bellwood, IL, ?; February 8, 2003

A: For a page on the sabre toothed tiger Smilodon, click here. For a Smilodon printout, click here.



Q: any info on birds
from ?; February 4, 2003

A: Click here.



Q: What dinosaurs belong to the kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species?
from Derod R., Wilmington, Delaware; February 4, 2003

A: To learn about the classification of dinosaurs, click here.



Q: Where can I find information on the flying reptile Pteradactyl?
from Alex M., Kingwood, Texas, USA, John; February 4, 2003

A: Click here for page on Pteradactyls.



Q: Can you give me a site to find stuff about Celocanth?
from Ghesliene. S, Maple Ridge, B.C,Canada; February 3, 2003

A: Click here for page on the Coelacanth.



Q: How long ago did dinos live?
from Kara C., Bealton, USa, Va; January 24, 2003

A: Dinosaurs lived during the Mesozoic Era, from about 230 million years ago until 65 million years ago.



Q: what dinosaurs lived in the terrassic time peroid
from Alison B, ?, ?; January 22, 2003

A: For Triassic Period dinosaurs, click here.



Q: How long was a Megladon?
from Lorenzo, brookshire, Tx; January 22, 2003

A: For information on Megalodon, click here.



Q: What happens to bones put in acid?
from Justin M, stuart, Fl,USA; January 20, 2003

A: They slowly dissolve (depending on the strength of the acid, how long they're immersed, the temperature, etc.), but this has nothing to do with dinosaur fossils, since they're made of rock, not bone.



Q: can you show me the parts of a computer and label them.
from Donnette B., Kingstown, ST,Vincent; January 20, 2003

A: I'm not sure what exactly this has to do with dinosaurs. Anyway, click here.



Q: how do styracosaurus's breathe , i.e. we want to know about gas exchange
from Meg M., Bethesda, Maryland; January 10, 2003

A: Styracosauurs, like other dinosaurs, breathed using lungs. Their respiratory system was probably similar to that of other reptiles (perhaps similar to the lungs of crocodiles), but probably not as efficient as the one-way air-sack-lung system of birds given the sternum (breast bone) structure of dinosaurs. No fossilized dinosaurs lungs have been found (yet), so the structure isn't certain.



Q: I need to know about deinocheirus,as much info as you have!
from Erica O, Philadelphia, pennsylvania; November 16, 2002

A: For information on Deinocheirus, click here.



Q: For my report I am doing the Dwarf Allosaur. Do you know where I can get information on it?
from Jordan S., West Deptford, NJ, USA, ?; November 16, 2002

A: For an entry on the dwarf Allosaurus, click here.



Q: What is Mamenchisaurus' Full scientific name?
from Annaleise K, Auckland, New Zealand, ?; November 16, 2002

A: Mamenchisaurus' genus is Mamenchisaurus. The type species is M. constructus. Other Mamenchisaurus species include M. changshouensis, M. hochuanensis, and M. jingyangensis, M. sinocanadorum.



Q: what is an index fossil
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 13, 2002

A: Click here.



Q: What does pterodactyles mean?
from J.H., Waukegan, Illinios; November 10, 2002

A: Pterodactylus means "winged finger."



Q: What Plants were in the Trassic Period
from Brit D, ?, ?, ?; November 6, 2002

A: For a page on Triassic period plants, click here.



Q: where can i find plant and animal cell anatomy information?
from stephanie n, montello, wi; November 4, 2002

A: For plant cells, click here. For animal cells, click here.



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