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Questions from Late June 2001
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What does the word dinosaur mean?
What does saurus mean?,
What does deinos mean?

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?

Q: what did water dinosaurs eat
from chris c, Boston, massachusetts, USA; June 30, 2001

A: No dinosaurs were adapted for life in the water. There were other water-adapted reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs, including plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs, and nothosaurs. They were carnivores that generally ate fish and other marine organisms.



Q: I need to know how coelophysis reproduce as I already have all the information I need for coelophysis and reproduction is the last thing on the criteria sheet I have for a science assignment can you help me?
from John H, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; June 29, 2001

A: Coelophysis most likely reproduced by laying eggs. Thousands of fossilized Coelophysis skeletons were found at the Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, USA. Many of them contained the bones of young Coelophysis in their abdomens - this evidence showed that Coelophysis either ate its young or gave birth to live young. It is more likely that they were cannibalistic (like many modern-day reptiles) since the tiny Coelophysis skeletons were not embryos, but young Coelophysis.



Q: Was Trex the biggest dinosaur that ever lived ?
from Ryan W, Labrador City, NFLD, Canada; June 29, 2001

A: Not at all. T. rex was puny compared to many plant-eaters. There were also a few carnivores that were longer.



Q: I heard that dinosaurs had horn sheath on there horns,teeth,or claws. What is horn sheath?Please answer ME!!!
from Paul S, Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A; June 27, 2001

A: Horn is an organic substance made mostly of the fibrous protein called keratin (our nails, hair, bull's horns, feather quills, and horse hoofs are also made of keratin). Some dinosaurs, like Triceratops, had bone-like "horns" that may have been covered by a layer of keratin (horn) when they were alive. Since keratin does not fossilize well, we do not know if horn covered the bone and if so, how much it was.



Q: Is a pterodactyl a dinasour?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; June 28, 2001

A: No, but Pterodactyls are closely related to the dinosaurs.



Q: are there dinosaurs that still exist today
from tee j, wellington, ?, new zealand; June 28, 2001

A: Not unless you count the birds.



Q: do you have stegosaurus footprints
from lyn r, guyra, ?, australia; June 26, 2001

A: Only one set of Stegosaurus footprints have been found so far, and they were stolen from Western Australia in 1996.



Q: I am having trouble with finding information on an Allosaurus dinosaur for a project in a High School computer class. If you could, could you please help me?
from Elizabeth M, Delphi, Indiana, USA; June 26, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: how are raptors built?
from joshuav, las vegas, nevada, usa united states of america; June 25, 2001

A: For a page on raptors (dromaeosaurids), click here.



Q: can eggs be fosselized
from Pamela E, Biglake, Alaska, USA; June 25, 2001

A: Yes, eggs can fossilize.



Q: where did triceratops live?
from maddie, morwell, victoria, australia; June 24, 2001

A: Triceratops fossils have been found in western North America.



Q: Name All The Meat Eating Dinosaurs Larger Than T-Rex.
from euoplacephulas, Alta, CA, USA; June 23, 2001

A: That's hard to do, because most of the fossils are incomplete and for most, only one fossil has been found, making any sweeping generalizations about size seem silly (you don't know if that particular dinosaur was big, average, or small). The biggest theropods include T. rex, Spinosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Bahariasaurus, Giganotosaurus, Acrocanthosaurus, Epanterias, Allosaurus, Torvosaurus, etc.



Q: Did the Dinosaurs have ears?
from Linda S., Georgetown, Ontario, Canada; June 23, 2001

A: Yes. Dinosaurs did not have fleshy external ears like we do, but they did have ears (probably just a hole on each side of the head, like modern-day reptiles) and they could hear.



Q: Which dinosaurs ate eggs for feeding?
from zachary u., Kimpton, Herts, United Kingdom; June 23, 2001

A: There were probably many, many dinosaurs that ate eggs (eggs are always a popular food as they are nutritious, not poisonous, and don't fight back). Oviraptor (which means egg theif) was a dinosaur that was originally thought to eat eggs, since its fossil was found near eggs. It was later determined that the eggs were Oviraptor eggs, and Oviraptor was likely a parent, and not necessarily an egg thief (Oviraptor may have eaten eggs, but it was probably not eating the eggs it was found with).



Q: do you have pictures of tyrannosaurex
from gemma, leighton buzzard, bedfordshire, england; June 23, 2001

A: Click here for pages on T. rex.



Q: I would like to know if Pachycephalasaurus was a meat eater. I am three years old and I love dinosaurs. Could you please answer my questions.
Conor.

from conor m, rockland county, new york, usa; June 21, 2001

A: Pachycephalosaurus was a plant-eater.



Q: Zoom dinosaurs is a great resource, but I need to recommend another site for locating dinosaur information to my class(second graders). Any suggestions.
from Sunita, Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland; June 21, 2001

A: Mike Keesey's dinosaur site and the UCMP are both excellent.



Q: What's news about the Paleocene Duck-billed
from R.Laffont, Saint-Just, ?, France; June 20, 2001

A: A Paleocene duckbill find was announced by J. E. Fassett, S. G. Lucas, R. A. Zeilenski, and J. R. Budahn. I haven't heard anything about it since - these fossils may have been reworked bones from the Cretaceous period.



Q: what was the last period in the dinosaur age?
from Matthew T., fulton, illinois, united states; June 20, 2001

A: The Cretaceous period.



Q: 1.How did scutosaurus protect itself? 2.what does heavily built mean?
from Donovan c., ?, singapore, ?; June 20, 2001

A: If you mean Scutellosaurus, it had hundreds of bony plates (of six different varieties) that acted as armor. It also had claws, teeth, and a tail that may have been used for defense. Heavily built means that it had solid (not hollow) bones and was a relatively heavy animal (for its length).



Q: What is the tallest dinosaur?
from Jerome I, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; June 19, 2001

A: The brachiosaurids (like Ultrasauros, Sauroposeidon, and Brachiosaurus) are the tallest known dinosaurs.



Q: How can todays animals be descendants of dinosaurs when the dinosaurs became extinct?
from Conrad M, Leicester, Leicestershire, UK; June 19, 2001

A: One lineage of theropod dinosaurs, the maniraptors, gave rise to the birds. Although the ancestral dinosaurs died out, the birds continued to thrive.



Q: whats a good web site for dinosaurs?
from steven e, new york, hwy 11, united states; June 19, 2001

A: ZoomDinosaurs, of course.



Q: What is A Utahrapter?
from Geoff, Chisago City, Minnesota, USA; June 19, 2001

A: Click here for a page on Utahraptor.



Q: brachiosaurus
I have a dinosaur report and its do the 20I would like to know what does it look like, where does it live and how did it live the habat and ninch is it a preditor or prey Is it an omnivor herbivore or a carnivore I need to know the behavior was the dinosaur passive or aggressive did it have any strong habits if so what where they was it a sexual asexual or egglayer

from keyonna h., newark, new jersey, united sates; June 18, 2001

A: For information on Brachiosaurus, click here. It was an herbivore (probably not aggressive) that reproduced sexually and laid eggs.



Q: were the raptors the fastest land aniaml in there time
from brandon b, adairville, ky, usa; June 18, 2001

A: The ornithomimid dinosaurs (ostrich-like dinosaurs that included Gallimimus) were faster than raptors (and perhaps there were other faster land animals).



Q: 2 years ago I sent a E-mail to Steve Farrar ,a Sunday Times journelist. In his article he said a new carnasaur had been found in Argentina BIGGER THAN GIGANTOSAURUS!!! In the E-mail I sent him I suggested a name for it MASSODONOSAURUS. Is there such a dinosaur or has it a different name?????????
from Jonathan L, ?, ?, England; June 18, 2001

A: In 1999, Argentinian paleontologist Rodolfo Coria reported finding theropods larger than Giganotosaurus in Neuquen province, Argentina, but I have heard nothing of his find since then (no even the name of the genus, if it is a new genus). There is no dinosaur genus named Massodonosaurus.



Q: I am 7 years old and obssessed with dinosaurs. I would like a list of all the known dinosaur names, and their species group. It is for a school project. Thank you.
from Micheal H., Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand; June 17, 2001

A: For a list of all the known dinosuar genera, click here. For each genus, there were probably many species - for information on a genus, click on it. For a list of the known dinosaur families, click here.



Q: What sound does a velociraptor make?
from John K, Easley, South Carolina, South Carolina; June 17, 2001

A: No one knows.



Q: Could you please give me advice on how to write a good r4eport on dinos?????
from Laura, Glasgow, ?, Scotland; June 16, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: PLEASE TELL THE TECHNIQUE INVOLVED IN FINDING THE AGE OF A FOSSIL. THANX A LOT!
from ABC, ZZZ, ANY, MINE; June 15, 2001

A: Click here.



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