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What color were the dinosaurs?

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Questions from Late Dec. 2001:

Q: How do you spell terrydactal correctly?
from candice n, Lloydminster, alberta, canada; December 30, 2001

A: Pterodactyl. For information on Pterodactylus, click here.



Q: Where can I find a website with information about the titanosaurus?
from kelsey L, donora, pennsylvania, USA; December 28, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: Who was the first person to dig up a dinosaur?
from Paul M., Clinton Twp., michigan, u.s.a; December 27, 2001

A: For a page on the earliest dinosaurs finds, click here.



Q: How does a parasaurolophus survive?
from Alaine V., smithtown, new york, Untied states; December 28, 2001

A: Like all other organisms, it had to eat, reproduce, and avoid predators, injury, and disease.



Q: What is a sauropod?¿
from Hannah B, ?, ?, North America; December 27, 2001

A: A sauropod was a type of plant-eating dinosaur that had a long neck, a long tail, a bulky body, and amall head. Some sauropods included Apatosaurus and Brachiosaurus. FOr more information on sauropods, click here.



Q: Are velacaraptors really as tall as they are in jurassic park? if so were they so smart that they could talk to each other?
from Jay M, Hugoton, KS, USA; December 27, 2001

A: No and no. For a page on Velociraptors, click here.



Q: How come they cant use the idea that was in Jurassic park? u know the tree sape, masqito thing, that looks like it would work.Do you guys like jurassic park?
from Yates S, Hugoton, KS, USA; December 27, 2001

A: You could theoretically, but no one has found any Mesozoic Era mosquitos emcased in amber that contain dinosaur DNA. Also, many scientists are convinced that DNA would degrade substantially over 65 million years, making it useless for cloning.



Q: Do you have information on and a list of life expectancy's of dinosaurs???
from Jennifer S, Youngstown, Ohio, USA; December 27, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: how big and how long was the t-rex
from zachary k., hatings, new york, united states; December 27, 2001

A: T. rex was up to about 40 feet (12.4 m) long and about 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6 m) tall.



Q: what is the common name for the tyrannosaurus rex ?
from patricia.Ro, new york, new york, America; December 26, 2001

A: T. rex is probably its most commonly-used name.



Q: was spinosaur a real dinosaur
from matthew, tuscaloosa, alabama, usa; December 26, 2001

A: Yes.



Q: Are they really reserecting dinos????
from Hyatt S, Hugoton, Kansas, U.S.A; December 26, 2001

A: No one has because there is no intact dinosaur DNA to work with.



Q: I want to be a paleyintaligist.I raely hope when you get this that you will anser this right away.
from tyson, columbus, IN, columbus; December 23, 2001

A: What exactly is the question?



Q: Did dinosaurs have ears? If not, how could they hear?
from Lisa S., Rochester, New York, U.S.A.; December 23, 2001

A: Yes, dinosaurs had ears and could hear. They did not, however, have fleshy lobes on the outside of their body (like people do). Like modern-day reptiles, the external part of the ear is a simple hole on the side of the head.



Q: Where can I find the music track "Our Dinosaur Friend"?? My daughter had it back in preschool (1988), and I haven't been able to find it since. Maybe you'd happen to know...Thanks!
from Diana S., Santee, California, USA; December 23, 2001

A: Sorry, I've never heard of it and couldn't find it in a web search.



Q: What is the name of the dinosaur: It looks like a small raptor. It opens flaps on the side of it's head and spits to blind then kill you? It was seen in Jarassic Park I. Thanks.
from ?, ?, ?, ?; December 23, 2001

A: That was Dilophosaurus, but there is no fossil evidence that it spat anything ot had flaps on its head.



Q: Is it true that the blue whale dwarfs the largestb dinosaurs by weight,and the largest dinosaurs dwarfs the blue whale by length and height?
from Donovan c., ?, singapore, ?; December 21, 2001

A: Yes.



Q: what are the dinosaurs ansesters
from Jacky v., elk grove, c.a., u.s.a.; December 21, 2001

A: Dinosaurs evolved from earlier reptiles called thecodonts.



Q: what nanosecond equal? what nanometer equal?
from mar, kuwait, kuw, haw; December 20, 2001

A: A nanosecond is a billionth of a second. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.



Q: What is a mother whale called?
from Tessa B., Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States; December 20, 2001

A: Adult female whales are called cows.



Q: what was the disease and paracite extinction theory
from ?, ?, ?, ?; December 19, 2001

A: It's an easily-dismantled dinosaur extinction theory which postulates that the late Cretaceous dinosaurs died of disease 65 million years ago. The major problem with this theory is that the dinosaurs weren't the only organisms to go extinct during the extinction. The KT extinction affected everything from marine organisms to land plants, and no known disease organisms can affect that many diffferent types of organisms.



Q: My son is doing a project on Iguanodons. We need to know how it became extinct. Thank you.
from Joy L., Abilene, TX., U.S; December 19, 2001

A: Iguanodon went extinct about 125 million years ago, but it isn't known why. There was a minor mass extinction about 120 million years ago, and that may have caused Iguanodon to eventually go extinct. For information on Iguanodon, click here.



Q: What type of creatures were living in the precambrian era?
from kristin, enfield, ct, ?; December 19, 2001

A: During what used to be called the Precambian period (3.9 billion to 540 million years ago), very early life forms existed, like blue-green algae, bacteria, colonial algae, and early sponges. The Precambian period is now sub-divided into many eons. For a chart of geologic time (listing major life forms), click here.



Q: What type of creatures were living in the precambrian era?
from kristin, enfield, ct, ?; December 19, 2001

A: ANSWER



Q: What fossils are found in Nova Scotia?
from Ashley S., Long Island, New York, United States; December 19, 2001

A: For dinosaur fossils found in Nova Scotia (and other Canadian provinces), click here.



Q: What where non-avian dinosaurs
from Geoff.c, Liverpool, Merseyside, England; December 19, 2001

A: The non-avian dinosaurs includes all the dinosaurs but not the birds. The term non-avian means "not birds."



Q: on which continence did the dinosaurs live?
from monika w, mississauga, ontario, canada; December 18, 2001

A: Dinosaur fossils have been found on every continent.



Q: Was there such thing as a "dinosauriod"? I read it in this book called "Dinosuars past and present". It shows a model of the creature on page 127 and it caught my intrest. so now im writing a report on it and I dont evem know if it existed! can u help me out?
from JeFf P, chagrin, ?, america; December 18, 2001

A: No, that was a hypothetical creature - an advanced animal that evolved directly from a dinosaur.



Q: Do dinosaurs mate to have eggs?
from Jessica .T., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; December 18, 2001

A: Yes, they must have.



Q: what type of dinosaur was the T.rex
from mary p, albuquerque, nm, usa; December 18, 2001

A: T. rex was a theropod. For a more complete classification of T. rex, click here.



Q: What is an Icthyosaur?
from kt c, North attleboro, mass, us; December 18, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: what dos velociraptor mean
from ?, ?, ?, ?; December 18, 2001

A: Velociraptor means "Speedy plunderer."



Q: I am trying to find about t rexes can you help
from nena h-d, alderley edge, chesher, england; December 18, 2001

A: Click here for information on T. rex.



Q: How much area does the T-Rex need to live in?
from Ashley, anywhere, PA, usa; December 18, 2001

A: No one knows. It would depend upon many factors, including how much it needed to eat (which depends on its metabolism, which isn't known), how much prey was in the area, the climate in that area, other variables.



Q: does tryrannosauras run on two legs? did tryrannosauras eat only left over food?
from himadri mondal, mumbai, maharashtra, india; December 18, 2001

A: Tyrannosaurs ran on two legs. Their method of obtaining prey is unknown; they may have been predators and/or scavengers. ANSWER



Q: Info on Jurassosaurus nedegoapeferkimorum pleaz
from William C., Sydney, NSW, Australia; December 17, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: Did dinesors evolv into things we know to day.Was a comowtow dragon a dinesor. HAW meny years ware crokidiles alive.
from ?, ?, ?, ?; December 17, 2001

A: Dinosaurs evolved into birds. The Komodo dragon is a type of lizard - it is not a dinosaur. Crocodiles have been around for over 200 million years (they evolved during the Triassic period).



Q: What dose megaraptormean
from ashley o, cedarhurst, NY, U.S.A.; December 17, 2001

A: Megaraptor means "lHuge Robber"."



Q: hey im in 9th grade and im doing a project for school.do you have any pictures of the pterodactlys? asap please
from Christine B., Cocoa, Florida, USA; December 17, 2001

A: Click here for a page on Pterodactylus.



Q: I'm loking for more on the Jurassic time period do you have anything about it?
from Alyssa H., Santa Rosa, C.A,, ?; December 17, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: What is the name of the top part of a stegasaur?
from cv, warren, nj, ?; December 17, 2001

A: The triangular-shaped bony things on a Stegosaurus' back are called plates.



Q: I am looking for imformation on these dinosaurs and they are yaverlandria, Euparkeria, Fabrosarus, tincinosuchus, ornithosuches, coelurus, euoplocephalus, elasmosarus. Please help me find these for Our students for studies.
from Alison J., The Woodlands, Texas, US; December 17, 2001

A: Yaverlandia, Euparkeria, Fabrosarus, Ticinosuchus, Ornithosuchus, Coelurus, Euoplocephalus, and Elasmosarus are all in our dinosaur dictionary.



Q: Can dinosaurs ever be colonnades, If so why hasn't anyone tried it yet? What is holding scientists back?
from Vanessa W., Anchorage, Alaska, United States; December 16, 2001

A: If you mean clones, you need intact DNA to do cloning, and no complete dinosaur DNA has been found. Colonnades are a series of supporting columns in architecture. Come to think of it, sauropod femurs (thigh bones) would make a great colonnade, especially for the facade of a natural history museum.



Q: Which dinosaur has the most protection? Which dinosaur is the smartest?
from Sean M., Grangville, Idaho, United States; December 16, 2001

A: The ankylosaurs (like Gargoyleosaurus and Polacanthus) were dinosaurs that had bonyplates covering most of their body. Some (the ankylosaurids, like Ankylosaurus and Euoplocephalus) also had tail clubs.



Q: What was the era for the Brachiosauras?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; December 16, 2001

A: Brachiosaurus lived during the Jurassic Period, the middle portion of the Mesozoic Era. For information on Brachiosaurus, click here.



Q: can you describe the five different categories of fossils?
from am, aurora, colorado, denver; December 16, 2001

A: The four types of fossils are:

But there are six ways that organisms can turn into fossils, including:



Q: What type of dinosaurs lived in Australia?
from Catherine O, Sydney, NSW, Australia; December 16, 2001

A: A lot of different dinosaurs lived in Australia. For a page on Australian dinosuars, click here.



Q: what is the difference between the mastadon and a wooly mammoth
from Dayna Z, Milwaukee, WI, USA; December 16, 2001

A: Mammoths had longer tusks than mastodons, a wider head, a sloping back, flat, chewing teeth, a trunk with two finger-like projections, and were mostly taller. Mastodons evolved earlier and lasted longer in geologic time. For more on them, click here.



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