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Questions from Early Nov. 2001:

Q: was there a flying dinosaur called Teradactile? What flying Dinosaurs were there.
from Chet c, Fruitland, id, usa; November 15, 2001

A: Pterodactylus was a flying reptile that lived during the time of the dinosuars but it was not a dinosaur. There were many flying reptiles during that time, called Pterosaurs.



Q: I need to know some MAJOR discovries of ouranosaurus' bones I saw the page you had on it but any major discoveries were not listed.
from Emilee S., N/A, N/A, USA; November 15, 2001

A: Only two Ouranosaurus skeletons have been found and they're both listed on our Ouranosaurus page.



Q: what are the names of everry plant eating dinosaur
from ty t., indianapolis, in, us; November 15, 2001

A: Thre are hundreds of known genera of plant-eating dinosaurs. For their names, go through the pages that list of dinosaur genera, and look for the ones listed in green.



Q: how did the Triassic Period get its name? What was the name's orgin?
from Jessica S, Bolingbrook, IL, US of A; November 15, 2001

A: The Triassic period was named in 1834 by the German geologist Friedrich August Von Alberti (1795-1878) (it was originally named the "Trias"). It got its name because this period of geologic time is represented by a three-part division of rock types in Germany. These three distinctive rock layers are (from the bottom or earliest) the Bunter (which is brown sandstone and red beds), the Muschelkalk, and the Keuper. These are local rock types that are not found globally. For more information on the Triassic, click here.



Q: what plants were around in the cretaceous time.
from gh, eddyvlle, or, us; November 15, 2001

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



Q: Why did the Utahraptor live only in Utah?
from troy K, everett, W.A., U.S.A.; November 14, 2001

A: Utahraptor fossils have only been found in Utah, USA, but this dinosaur may well have lived elsewhere.



Q: what are scientists who study fossils alled
from ww, e, t, y; November 14, 2001

A: They're called paleontologists.



Q: Hi! my name is Kylie. Im doin an assignment at my you know school. and i was just wondering if you had any information at all on "Protoceratops"? Thank you!
from Kylie, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; November 14, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: how does the stegosaurus mate? does it stay with its mate? Please give me the mating habits of the Stegosaurus
from sara B., w. p., new york, united states; November 14, 2001

A: No one knows about the mating behavior of any of the dinosaurs.



Q: what does a terradactyl look like
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 14, 2001

A: Click here for a page on Pterodactylus.



Earth 150 million years agoQ: where were the continents in the jarrasic period
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 14, 2001

A: During the Jurassic period, the continents were jammed into a supercontinent (called Pangaea), but it was beginning to break apart.



Q: Why do you not have an information page on phobosuchus? I'd like to know because I'm very interested in this type of prehistoric creature.
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 14, 2001

A: We do, look in the dictionary.



Q: pleeaassee answer this question!!!!!!!!this report is due today!!!!!!!!!!!!. "What is the role of plate tectonics in relation to dinosaur fossils?" THIS IS VERY URGENT!!!!
from mon d., PSL, FL, USA; November 13, 2001

A: For a page on plate tectonics (continental drift) and fossils , click here.



Q: what does rex mean
from Alexis P., cARROLLTON, tx, us.; November 13, 2001

A: Rex means king. For more dinosaur word roots, click here.



Q: what are the names of Mesazoic Dinosaurs?
from Linda T., Wilmington, DE, USA; November 13, 2001

A: All the dinosaurs lived during the Mesozoic Era.



Q: what does bronto mean?
from Alexis P., Carrollton, TX., Dallas; November 13, 2001

A: It means thunder. For more dinosaur word roots, click here.



Q: You haven't answered this question!!!!!!!!! Can you get DNA or blood samples from coprolite? Please answer fast cause I GOT TO DO A REPORT THATS DUE TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
from Kevin N., Edison, New Jersey, United States; November 13, 2001

A: Probably not from dinosaur coprolite; since it would be over 65 million ywars ago, any blood or DNA (from the dinosaur's digested food) would have degraded long ago.



Q: THIS QUESTION IS NOT ON THIS PAGE. Do any of them carry deseases? (Coprolite) PLEASE ANSWER THIS QUESTION QUICKLY. I HAVE A PROJECT DUE TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!
from Eddie C., New York, New York, United States; November 13, 2001

A: Coprolite is fossilized dung, and, like all fossils, it would contain no ancient, intact disease organisms.



Q: I am doing a report on dimetrodons and I know that it isn't a dinosaur but I was wondering it you could help me. I need to know what the dimetrodons predators were. thank you for your time
from Whitney L., wesley chapel, fl., U.S.; November 13, 2001

A: Dimetrodon was top predator (it had no predators).



Q: I am doing a report on the dinosaur named Dromiceimimus and I am haveing a hard time finding information can you give me some information?If you can I would have great thanks.
from tara b, spencerville, indiana, UNITED STATES; November 13, 2001

A: For an entry on Dromiceiomimus, click here.



Q: Are there different kinds of coprolite?
from SI, ?, ?, ?; November 13, 2001

A: Yes. You could classify coprolite by the animal it came from, the diet of the animal which it came from (herbivore, carnivore, or omniore), its size, the way it fossilized, the minerals that it now contains, where it came from, when it came from, etc.



Q: WHAT WERE THE DAILY ACTIVITIES OF HERBIVORS?
from RAQUEL R., PSL, FL, U.S; November 13, 2001

A: Many herbivores (plant-eating animals) spend most of their day eating (think how cows spend most of their day grazing).



Q: What was the Maiasaura's defense? Thanx soi much I need this for tomrrow! Thanx So Much!
from GG, GhetooVillie, FL, U.S.A; November 13, 2001

A: Maiasaura's best defense from predators was probably congregating in herds and running away (much like a modern-day zebra). Maiasaura had hoof-like feet and a toothless beak, which probably couldn't do much damage to a large predator. For a page on Maiasaura, click here.



Q: How do you know that dinosaurs were extint 65 million years ago?
from Ashley.E and Yolanda.C, Vanderwagon, New Mexico, United States; November 13, 2001

A: Becasue no dinosaur fossils are found in rock that is younger than that (except, perhaps, one paleocene hadrosaur).



Q: I need this answer now man. I have a report due tomorrow. It's on coprolite. What are deposits? Does the dino's size affect the coprolites size?
from Peter E, Edison, New Jersey, U S of A; November 13, 2001

A: A deposit is a natural accumulation of something (like a fossil or mineral deposit). If you think about what a coprolite is (fossilized poop), you'll realize why it varies in size as the size of the dinosaur varies.



Q: What is the scientific classification of a sabertothed tiger?
from Nathaniel T., Louisville, Kentucky, United States; November 13, 2001

A: Click here and scroll down to the section on classification.



Q: Where did the name t_rex come from??
from Amber N, Beverton, Oregon, portland; November 13, 2001

A: Tyrannosaurus rex was named in 1905 by Henry Fairfield Osborn - the name means "tyrant lizard king." For a page on T. rex, click here.



Q: What are the characteristics of a tyrannosaurs, maiasaurs, triceratops, procompsognathids, othnielia, velociraptors, apatosaurs, hadrosaurs, dilophosaurs, pterosaurs, hypsilophodontids, euoplocephalids, styracosaurs, and a microceratops?
from Samantha E, Miami, Fl, United States; November 12, 2001

A: For information on these dinosaurs and dinosaur families, look them up in our dinosaur dictionary.



Q: Did the dimetrodon dinosaurs stay in groups or was it a loner. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!
from Mary M, Boston, Massuchusetts, USA; November 12, 2001

A: Dimetrodon was not a dinosaur - it was a pelycosaur (a so-called "mammal-like reptile," which were not actually reptiles, but were ancestors of the mammals). I've never heard of bonebeds (groups of fossils) of Dimetrodon being found, so its herding/pack behavior would not be known. For a page on Dimetrodon, click here.



Q: Can you tell me what known predators, a Stygimoloch had? OR maybe where I can find this information? Thank you...Jessica
from Jessica, Riverside, California, USA; November 13, 2001

A: Stygimoloch probably had no predators (it was a large predator itself, and they usually do not have predators).



Q: What dinosaur spits and has gils that open when it gets mad?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 13, 2001

A: None that are known to science (but in the Speilberg Jurassic park movie, it was Dilophosaurus).



Q: what was dino last meal?Could please answer fast I have project tomarrow.
from nick, Edison, NJ, USA; November 13, 2001

A: The only way to determine the last meal of a dinosaur is to find fossilized stomach contents (which is rarely found). An example of a known last meal is partially digested, fossilized skeleton of a Bavarisaurus (a tiny lizard) which was found inside a Compsognathus (a small, meat-eating dinosaur).Compsognathus.



Q: Could I get the names of 4 dinosuars that lived during the Mesozoic Periods of Triassic, 4 from the Jurassic, and 4 from the Cretaceou? And maybe a picture, if possible.
from Sonya E, Charlotte, North Carolina, US; November 13, 2001

A: For a page of Triassic period dinosaurs, click here. For a page of Jurassic period dinosaurs, click here. For a page of Cretaceous period dinosaurs, click here.



Q: I have looked on the "old" and new pages! BUT you hane NOT answered this Question!!! How can you tell the difference between coprlites and rocks??!!
from anonymous, new york, New York, usa; November 12, 2001

A: Read it again - it's there.



Q: What are the predators of the Utahraptor?
from Erin, Sandwich, IL, USA; November 12, 2001

A: I can't imagine that a healthy adult Utahraptor had any predators.



Q: I am writting a report on Stegosauas, and I need to know what other dinosaurs would have lived when he did. I have to do a box with his habitat and a day in the life of a Stegosaurus. Where in the USA would I find him and the most other dinosaurs. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!
from Hannah, Santa Clarita, CA, USA; November 12, 2001

A: To find where Stegosaurus fossils have been found, click here. To find other dinosaurs that lived at the same time (during the late Jurassic Period, about 156-140 million), click here and look in the many locations where Stogsaurus fossils have been found.



Q: This is not on the page!!!!!!! Why do people want it? and why do people buy it.
from Shannon P, Edison, NJ, USA; November 12, 2001

A: Paleontologists want coprolite to study it and learn about ancient animals. Fossil collectors enjoy collecting fossils. As FOR other people, your guess is as good as mine (although I have considered buying coprolite tiles to redo my bathroom in an ironic manner).



Q: I looked at the new page you made about coprolite but it doesn't have the answer to this question. How come there is so many coprolite in the world??
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 12, 2001

A: Becasue every animal produces a lot of potential coprolite every day (although only a fraction of feces fossilizes and becomes coprolite).



Q: What do, or did, Megalodon sharks look like?
from Ivanna R, Jacksonville, Florida, America; November 12, 2001

A: They were probably like a giant, streamlined version of the great white shark. For a page on megalodon, click here.



Q: Do the dimetrodon dinosaurs reproduce live birth or eggs?
from Wesley P., Frankfort, KY, USA; November 12, 2001

A: Although I've never heard of any fossilized Dimetrodon eggs being found, Dimetrodon probably hatched from eggs. For a page on Dimetrodon, click here.



Q: You haven't answered any of my Questions. Could you answer this Question. THANKS YOU !!!!! Why does coprolite smell bad?
from Harsh P, Edison, New jersey, US; November 12, 2001

A: It doesn't because it is fossilized. For more information, read the page on coprolite.



Q: are there any pichtures of dinosuars in trhe permian period that you have
from jd, ?, ?, ?; November 12, 2001

A: The dinosaurs were not alive during the Permian period; the earliest dinosaurs did not evolve until the Triassic period (roughly 230 million years ago).



Q: do you have an information page on phobosuchus and how long was it?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 12, 2001

A: For some information on Phobosuchus (not a dinosaur), click here.



Q: what can we learn from coprolite? PLEASE HURRY UP!!! I HAVE AN IMPORTANT REPORT TO DO!!!
fromapram, edison, nj, usa; November 12, 2001

A: After getting hundreds of letters like this in the last few days from coprolite fans, I've become completely exasperated. Please read at least some of this page before writing again.



Q: Besides the T.Rex, do you know what the 2nd biggest dinosaur was?
from Jullianna P., Edison, NJ, U.S.A.; November 11, 2001

A: T. rex wasn't anywhere near the biggest dinosaur (although it was one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs). Many sauropods (like Argentinosaurus, Seismosaurus, Supersaurus, Titanosaurus, etc.) were much larger than T. rex.



Q: what was the dinosaurs last meal? can you tell from coprolite?
from uma M, New York, New Jersey, USA; November 11, 2001

A: If you examine a coprolite from a dinosaur, it represents the remains of one digested meal of that dinosaur, but not necessarily its last meal. For more information on coprolites and what you can learn from them, click here.



Q: why were many dinosaurs large in size?
from Brittany, greenBay, wi, usa; November 11, 2001

A: No one knows.



Q: How many millions of years ago did the saber toothed tiger live?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 11, 2001

A: There were many different type of saber-toothed cats (like Smilodon and Dinictis) and these various genera lived from about 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.



Q: I NEED THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION RIGHT AWAY ! HOW DID THE QUEEN ALEXANDRA'S BUTTERFLY GET IT'S NAME ?????????????????????
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 11, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: In what ways were the dinosaurs different from mammals
from sarah g, victoria, victoria, australia; November 10, 2001

A: Dinosaurs were quite different from mammals. Some major differences include their



Q: HOW DO THEY GET COPROLITE?AND WHO GETS IT?
from ARPANA P., EDISON, NEW JERSEY, USA; November 11, 2001

A: Coprolite (fossilized dung) is just a type of fossil and is found like most fossils are found (with great difficulty). Paleontologists look in likely areas - places with exposed sedimentary rock, like badlands, weathered cliffs, road cuts, etc. As to "who gets it," the person who owns a fossil is usually the owner of the land on which the fossil was found. I've just added a page on coprolites - click here.



Q: What do we know about the lifecycle of dinosures ?
from Caitlyn W, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; November 10, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: You haven't answered this question. How long does it take coprolite to become fossilized?
from Katie C, Edison, NJ, US; November 10, 2001

A: The amount of time it takes a coprolite to fossilize depends on the conditions it was in (like what minerals it was surrounded by, the temperature, pressure, etc.), the content of the coprolite (was it mostly bone, mostly plant material, etc.) and the type of fossilization process (petrification, replacement, etc.), but the time is indeed lengthy (probably in the tens or hundreds of thousands of years).



Q: How come all the dinosaurs became extinct and what was the reason for the ice age?
from AP S., EDISON, n.j., U.s.a.; November 10, 2001

A: For a page on the extinction of the last of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, click here. As for the many Ice Ages that the Earth has experienced, no one knows exactly what caused them. They may be caused by solar activity (how hot the sun is), the position of the continents on the Earth, ocean currents, and/or other factors.



Q: IS COPROLITE SANITARY?PLEAS ANSER BACK SOON!!!!
from Ashley S., Edison, N.J, U.S.A; November 10, 2001

A: No fossils (or rocks, for that matter) are sanitary. When you pick up a rock or fossil (even from underground), it is probably covered with bacteria and other life forms.



Q: Can you tell what dino the coprolite came from ? FAST PLEASE I HAVE A REPORT TO DO!!!! THANKS
from Karen B., Edison, NJ, U.S.A.; November 10, 2001

A: Not always. You can perhaps tell what animal is came from if you find coprolite in a bone bed (a fossil site in which many skeletons of the same dinosaurs are found) or it is of such a size, composition, and content that it could only have been from one genus (like the recently found T. rex coprolite). Otherwise, it would be very hard (practically impossible) to tell which genus it came from.



Q: I HAVE A REPORT IN SCIENCE TO DO ON COPROLITE AND IT'S DUE IN ABOUT 2 DAYS!!!!! PLEAAAAAAAAAAS ANSWER MY QUESTION QUICKLY!!!!! WHEN WAS IT FIRST DISCOVERED?
from SHACHI P., EDISON, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES; November 10, 2001

A: Like most of the dozens of coprolite questions I've gotten today, I just answered this a few days ago - scroll down and read!



Q: what is a flying diasour called in general?
from Niki P, Melb, Vic, Australia; November 10, 2001

A: Birds are the only known flying dinosaurs. The ancient flying reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs and were closely-related to the dinosaurs are called pterosaurs.



Q: I was wondering if dinosaurs cared for their young?
from Sarah L, Portland, Oregon, USA; November 10, 2001

A: There is fossil evidence that some dinosaurs, like Maiasaura, did care for their young. For most dinosaurs, there is no fossil evidence of parental care (this doesn't mean that they didn't tend their young, it just means that we have no evidence one way or the other ofr mose genera).



Q: i need info on the impact of theory of how dinasours became extinct for a yr 10 assignment
from nathan s, sydney, ?, australia; November 10, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: What are the two kinds of dinosaurs?
from Melissa .C, New york, Queens, america; November 10, 2001

A: THe two major divisions are the ornithischians and the saurischians.



Q: what did the Gallimimus eat.
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 9, 2001

A: Gallimimus hay have been an omnivore (meat and plant eater) that ate small animals (like insects and lizards), eggs, and some plant material, by sieving them from mud with comb-like plates in its mouth. For a page on Gallimimus, click here.



Q: what is the theory for its demise.
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 9, 2001

A: For the Alvarez theory of dinosaur extinction, click here.



Q: what was the type of reproduction
from Luis H., Winter Garden, Florida, North America; November 9, 2001

A: For a page on dinosaurs reproduction, click here.



Q: Has the color of the coprolite changed over time? PLEASE NSWER THIS QUESTION QUICKLY!!!!!!
from Michael Y., New York, New York, United States; November 8, 2001

A: The color of all fossils (including coprolites) changes over time.



Q: Do you have more information on Troodon?
from andrea c., mwc, ok, usa; November 8, 2001

A: For a page on Troodon, click here.



Q: What was the type of reproduction of the Stegosaurus?
from Brian B., Orlando, Florida, U.S.A; November 8, 2001

A: For a page on dinosaur reproduction, click here.



Q: What is a bony adornment on some dinosaurs????
from Brittany H, Big Spring, Texas, United States; November 7, 2001

A: A crest is a bony adornment on the skull of some dinosaurs, like Lambeosaurus.



Q: What dinosaur walks on four legs??????
from Brittany H, Big Spring, Texas, United States; November 7, 2001

A: A lot of dinosaurs walked on four legs. To pick one at random - Apatosaurus.



Q: The name of a dinosaur that cared for it's young?
from Brittany H, Big Spring, Texas, United States; November 7, 2001

A: Maiasaura.



Q: Which dinosaur means "terrifying lizard"
from Brittany H., Big Spring, Texas, United States; November 7, 2001

A: That's what the word dinosaur means.



Q: What is a generic meat eating dinosaur?
from Brittany H, Big Spring, Texas, United States; November 7, 2001

A: Tyrannosaurus rex.



Q: I was wondering if you could tell how many dinosaurs there are . Oh and one more thing how many pounds can a T.Rex eat in one day.
from Lauren P, Gonzales, TX, UNITIED STATES; November 7, 2001

A: About 1,00 dinosaur genera have been named (and many more species). No one knows how many dinosaur species there were or what their population numbers were. As to T. rex, the amount of food it ate would have depended on its metabolism, and almost nothing is known about that.



Q: Can you give a list of the different Eras and Periods throughout histroy and the evolutionary effects that occurred during those periods?
from Alicia F., Georgetown, ?, Guyana; November 7, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: WHAT DO COLORS ON THE COPROLITE TELL US? PLEASE ANSWER FAST!!!!!! THANK YOU!!
from KATIE C, EDISON, NEW JERSEY, US; November 7, 2001

A: The colors in any ofssil (including coprolite) just help you identify which minerals is it composed of.



Q: Can the scientists tell which dino it is from? Also What is iron,copper,lead,sulfur,and quartz? one more is is it or why is it made from iron,copper,lead,sulfur,and quartz?
from Chandni P., Edison, NJ, U.S.A; November 6, 2001

A: If your're referring to coprolites (fossilized dung), it is very difficult to determine which dinosaur it came from (unless you found in the midst of a bonebed of a certain species of dinosaurs - and even then you couldn't be 100 percent certain). Iron, copper and lead are elements; quartz is a mineral. All fossils (including coprolites) are composed mostly of rock-like minerals, like quartz.



Q: INEED SOME MAJOR HELP!!!!I need to find information on what KIND of fossils are found in digs?
from ?, ?, ?, USA; November 6, 2001

A: Any type of fossil might be found at a dig (if you're lucky).



Q: Which era in geologic time lasted the shortest number of years?
from ashley B., Dellas, Texas, U.S; November 6, 2001

A: The Cenozoic. For more information, click here.



Q: My teacher says that dinosaurs can't fly or lve in water. I'm geting confused. Well can dinosaurs fly or live in water? PLEASE TELL ME!
from Crystle G., San Angelo, Texas, United States; November 6, 2001

A: Your teacher is right. During the time of the dinosaurs, there were flying reptiles (like Pteranodon and Pterodactylus) and swimming reptiles (like Elasmosaurus and Plesiosaurus), but these animals were not reptiles (even though some older books refer to them incorrectly as dinosaurs).



Q: what is a dinosaur with a long neck and a whip-like tail?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 6, 2001

A: Diplodocus is one dinosaur that fits that description (as do other diplodocids, like Apatosaurus, Supersaurus, Seismosaurus, etc.).



Q: where were dinsaurs foun in the us. what were the names and in what state.
from joe d, la, ca, us; November 6, 2001

A: For a page of US dinosaurs (state by state), click here.



Q: IS COPROLITE RARE?IJUST NEED A SHORT ANSWER
from ANONOMOUS, EDISON, NJ, USA; November 6, 2001

A: Yes.



Q: What are 2 Australian dinosaurs and how can we get to the website
from melissa n, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; November 6, 2001

A: For a page on Australian dinosaurs, click here.



Q: WHERE WAS COPROLITE FIRST FOUND??fast please!i have a report to do!
from SHANNON.P, EDISON, NJ, USA; November 6, 2001

A: Coprolite (fossilized or prehistoric dung) has been known since at least 1850 (in Cambridgeshire, England). There may be earlier-known coprolites, but I can't find any references right now.



Q: What was the largest dinosaur ever discovered?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 6, 2001

A: Argentinosaurus.



Q: I have a report due and they are asking me how the syntarsus defend itself and what animals it atacked and what the earth was at that time(when syntarsus lived) and its enviroment and who named the dinosaur and how the anatomy affected its life and what do you know about its behavior? PLEASE HELP ME!!!
from Tatiana T, West Jordan, Utah, US; November 5, 2001

A: For information on Syntarsus, click here. For information on the Earth when Syntarsus lived, click on the link to the Jurassic period on that page. It's prey is not known. To make a good guess as to which dinosaurs it may have eaten, look on the page on early Jurassic period dinosaurs, and see which ones lived near where Syntarsus lived, were about the right size to be caught by a pack of Syntarsus, and were not predators themselves.



Q: Which flying reptile lived in the Mesozoic era.
from Fatima.M, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South africa; November 6, 2001

A: The pterosaurs (like Pteranodon, Pterodactylus, Quetzalcoatlus, etc) were flying reptiles that lived during the Mesozoic Era.



Q: WHAT KIND OF MINERAL IS IN COPROLITE?FAST PLEASE!I HAVE TO DO A REPORT!
from SHANNON.P, EDISON, NJ, USA; November 6, 2001

A: Like all fossils, the mineral composition depends on the type of rock and soil in which the fossil is located (and was formed). Read the section on how fossils are formed.



Q: WHAT PEIROD OF TIME DID IT COME FROM?(COPROLITE)FAST PLEASE!I HAVE TO DO A REPORT!
from SHANNON.P, EDISON, NJ, USA; November 6, 2001

A: Different coprolites came from different time periods.



Q: HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWWEN COPROLITES?FAST PLEASE!I HAVE TO DO A REPORT!
from SHANNON.P, EDISON, NJ, USA; November 6, 2001

A: There are many ways, including looking at its size, how old it is, its content (plant materials, animal remains, etc.), and other characteristics.



Q: WHY WAS IT SO HARD!(COPROLITE)?FAST PLEASE!I HAVE TO DO A REPORT!
from SHANNON.P, EDISON, NJ, USA; November 6, 2001

A: All fossils are hard (including coprolite) because they are made of rock-like minerals.



Q: What do you find in digs?
from ?, ?, ?, USA; November 6, 2001

A: Paleontologists try to find fossils while on a dig.



Q: How are fossil made?
from ?, ?, ?, USA; November 6, 2001

A: Click here for a page on fossil formation.



Q: were do dinosaurs live or lived in the old times
from joe b, psl, fl, us; November 6, 2001

A: The dinosaurs lived in a variety of habitats all over the world - dinosaurs fossils have been found on all the continents of the world.



Q: what did a saurolophus eat and where did he live?
from caitlin c, sandyut, ut, usa; November 5, 2001

A: For a page on Saurolophus, click here.



Q: I need to find information on dinosuar eggs for a report in geology.
from shamae hemingway, hartsville, south carolina, USA; November 5, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: What do plate tectonics have to do with the extinction of the dinosaurs and where can I find information on that subject?
from ?, ?, ?, USA; November 5, 2001

A: For a page on plate tectonics, click here. The dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago, during a time when the Earth was tectonically and volcanically active. For a section on the extinction of the dinosaurs.



Q: What does a Ichnologist do, detailed informaiton?
from John S, newcastle, nsw, australia; November 5, 2001

A: An ichnologist is a type of paleontologist who studies ichnofossils (trace fossils like footprints, nests, burrows, dung, gastroliths, coprolites, stomach contents, etc.).



Q: How did the T-Rex look?
from Crystal A, Brooklyn, N.Y, United States; November 5, 2001

A: For a page on T. rex, click here.



Q: what color is a stegosarus?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 5, 2001

A: No one knows. For information on Stegosaurus, click here.



Q: About how many kinds of dinosaurs have been named by scientists?
from Nikolas E, parlin, n.j., U.S.A.; November 5, 2001

A: About 1,000 dinosaur genera have ben named.



Q: What organism is closely related to a Roadrunner?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 5, 2001

A: The roadrunner is a is a type of cuckoo. It is also a bird and related to the dinosaurs.



Q: Are other fossils found in coprolite?
from Julia, edison, NJ, USA; November 5, 2001

A: Yes. For example, some recently-found T. rex coprolite contained bits of crushed Triceratops frill.



Q: what is the favorite dinosaur of people that sarts wit the letter "S"?
from Ianm, fremont, mi, usa; November 5, 2001

A: Stegosaurus.



Q: Can I have some info on the protoseratops it may be spelled wrong I need it for a reaport. please
from Brett F, Woodbury, Minesota, U.S.A; November 4, 2001

A: For information on Protoceratops, click here.



Q: What animals have been found on Anarctica? I believe you said in another response that dinosaurs had been found on every continent, so I am curious...
from Tony B., Monroe, Michigan, US; November 2, 2001

A: For a page of dinosaurs found in Antarctica, click here.



Q: what are the names of dinosaurs in iowa
from sarah, fleetwood, pa, usa; November 3, 2001

A: I haven't heard of any dinosaurs found in Iowa, except a small bone scrap (probably dinosaurian) from Guthrie County. For a page of dinosaurs found in the US states, click here.



Q: I AM A SCIENCE TEACHER FROM TALAHASSE,FLORIDA, AND MY STUDENTS AND I ARE HAVING PROBLEMS FINDING THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION: HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A ROCK AND COPROLITE? IF YOU CAN, CAN YOU PLEASE ANSWER QUICKLY, MY STUDENTS HAVE A PROJECT DUE AND I WANT THEM TO SEE THE ANSWER BEFORE THEY DO THEIR PROJECT.THANK YOU!
from MRS. BROWN, TALAHASEE, FLORIDA, U.S.A.; November 3, 2001

A: Why would a teacher (from Tallahassee) want her students to see the answer first? A rock will appear as a random conglomerate of minerals. A coprolite will contain bits of fossilzed plant and/or animals remains (like partly-digested plant fibers or bone bits). For example, some recently-found T. rex coprolite contained bits of crushed Triceratops frill.



Q: what is the colour of an hadrosaurus?
from merve gurbuz, melbourne, victoria, australia; November 2, 2001

A: No one knows.



Q: why did the sabre-toothed tiger become extinct?
from dehydys p, madrid, madrid, spain; November 2, 2001

A: The saber-tooth cats (like Smilodon) went extinct roughly 10,000 years ago, when pressures from a major climate change (including the loss of many of their prey, like mastodons); human hunting may have made their situation even worse.



Q: what was the climate of triassic like?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 2, 2001

A: During the Triassic period, the temperatures were warmer than they are now, the continents were jammed together into a supercontinent called Pangaea, much of the land was dry and desert-like, and the sea-levels were higher than they are now.



Q: I am in 4th grade and we have a dinosaur project and my dinosaur is the Thecodontosaurus and i am having lots of trouble finding about it what should i do?
from Emily K., ?, ?, ?; November 2, 2001

A: For a page on Thecodontosaurus, click here.



Q: is all coprolite dino dung?
from Harry H, Talahassee, FL, USA; November 2, 2001

A: No, coprolite is any fossilzed dung.



Q: Can people make things out of coprolite?
from Jon W, ?, ?, USA; November 2, 2001

A: Oddly enough, yes. I once saw a high-end stone floor tile store that sold beautiful coprolie tiles (to be used for tiling your floor, shower, or counter top).



Q: what huge event happened at the end of the mesozoic era?
from Lacie T, wichita falls, none, none; November 1, 2001

A: There was major mass extinction 65 million years ago (at the end of the Mesozoic Era). The K-T extinction was probably caused by a large body (like an asteroid) hitting the Earth.



Q: how do scientists know how smart dinosaurs are
from philip.p, east devonport, tasmania, australia; November 1, 2001

A: Paleontologists look at the ratio of the brain weight of the animal to the brain weight of a "typical" animal of the same body weight. For more information, click here.



Q: Where is the Dinosaur footprints in the Riverbed in Texas?
from Audra B, Anacoco, La, USA; November 1, 2001

A: Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, Texas has Acrocanthosaurus and Pleurocoelus footprints.



Q: What colour was the dicraeosaurus?
from JoyA, ?, ?, Aust; November 1, 2001

A: No one knows. For more information on D, click here.



Q: how did the tyrannosaurus protect himself
from marissa h, quakertown, pa, united states; November 1, 2001

A: T. rex had long, sharp teeth and claws that would be excellent for both offense and defense. For more information on T. rex, click here.



Q: When and where was the first dinosaur fossil found?
from Georgiana S, San Antonio, Texas, USA; November 1, 2001

A: For the earliest dinosaur finds, click here.



Q: What is the process of replacement?
from Jon W, Edison, NJ, USA; November 1, 2001

A: Replacment is when an organism's hard parts dissolve (after it dies) and they are replaced by minerals (like calcite, silica, pyrite, or iron).



Q: did all the dinosaurs go extinct at the same time
from sb, lincolnville, maine, us; November 1, 2001

A: No. Most dinosaur species went extinct in background extinctions that occurred throughout the Mesozoic Era. The last remaining dinosaurs (excluding the birds) died out during the K-T extinction, 65 million years ago.



Q: I am a computer teacher at Immaculate Conception School in Everett, Massachusetts and my fourth grade computer class completed a dinosaur Internet scavenger hunt using the Zoom Dinosaurs Website. The question, "Can dinosaurs fly" had the class in an uproar. The website states that dinosaurs did not fly even though modern day birds probably evolved from dinosaurs. The fourth grade class strongly disagreed and said that there were "flying" dinosaurs and they claim the "Teradactil" was a flying dinosaur. Can you help settle this dispute? Thank you :-)
from Joanna M., Everett, MA, USA; November 1, 2001

A: That is a tricky question. First of all, Pterodactyls (and the other pterosaurs) were NOT dinosaurs, but were closely-related reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. Since most (but not all) paleontologists think that birds evolved from dinosaurs, birds are technically "flying dinosaurs," but most people generally take the term dinosaur to refer to the long-extinct, non-bird dinosaurs that lived during the Mesozoic era. So-excluding the birds, there are no flying dinosaurs.



Q: What does bronto mean?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; November 1, 2001

A: Bronto (from the Greek word bronte) means thunder. For more dinosaur word roots, click here.



Q: What is aother word for a dinosaur with two legs?
from J.C., Norwalk, Connecticut, America; November 1, 2001

A: Any animal that walks on two legs is called a biped.



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