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Questions from Early Oct. 2001:

Q: will you name me ten dinosaurs and give me the heit,length,weight, and how many legs do they walk on?
from arren flore, rosedale, mississippi, usa; October 15, 2001

A: See our dinosaur fact sheets.



Q: What Color were the Iguanodons???
from Abbie S., Liberty, Kentucky, USA; October 15, 2001

A: No one knows.



Q: WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE DINOSAUR MUSUEM IN BOZEMAN, MT BY HORNER?
from Michael A, Tucson, AZ, USA; October 15, 2001

A: It's the Museum of the Rockies.



Q: what animals lived in these time periods. Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous
from sm, lexington, ky, united states; October 15, 2001

A: For the Triassic period, click here. For the Jurassic period, click here. For the Cretaceous period, click here.



Q: What does sauros mean?
from ashley, hebron, ky, u.s.a; October 15, 2001

A: Sauros means lizard.



Q: what is a suchominus
from john g, sandusky, ohio, u.s.; October 15, 2001

A: Suchomimus was a meat-eating dinosaur. For information on Suchomimus, click here.



Q: Dinosuars lived during what era?
from Britne G., Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.; October 15, 2001

A: Dinosaurs lived during the Mesozoic Era.



Q: does the amount of water and type of soil affect a dinasaurs footprint
from ashley b, easley, south carolina, united states; October 15, 2001

A: Yes. You can try this youself outside. Some types of soil make beautiful prints, but others don't. Also, if the soil is too dry or too wet, footprints will not form properly. Still, there are many, many fossilized footprints.



Q: My dad and I are looking for a place to find dinosaus fossils that we can keep and start a collection. We are going to plan a trip to Colorado and Utah next summer and join in on a real dino dig. We cannot keep these fossils though. My dad says we can only keep plant-like fossils found on public land. If someone knows of a place where we might go, please let me know.
Thank you for your help.
Yours truly,
Casey R.

from Casey R., Carmel, IN, USA; October 14, 2001

A: Sorry, I don't know where to look. Also, you need to check with the appropriate officals before collecting any fossils.



Q: When did the Eozostrodon evolve and what date did it become extinct?
from Nicole G, ?, ?, ?; October 14, 2001

A: Eozostrodon was one of the first true mammals; it lived from the late Triassic period to the early Jurassic period.



Q: ok i hopw you can answer this now! But anyway what were the dinosaurs intellagence if you averaged it,and how would you find out the speed of a dinosaur
from chris j, st.charles, not telling, not telling; October 14, 2001

A: For a page on dinosaur intelligence, click here. For a page on dinosaur speeds, click here.



Q: DOES A TERADACTEL LIVE ON LAND AND DOES IT SWIM
from ABIAGILAK J, CAMBERIDGESHIRE, HUNTINGDON, ENGLAND; October 14, 2001

A: Pterodactlys were flying (not swimming) reptiles. For more information on Pterodactlys, click here.



Q: Approx how much did a Saltasaurus weigh?
from Lauren B, Bridgewater, NJ, USA; October 14, 2001

A: Saltasaurus may have weighed about 7000 kg. For more information on Saltasaurus, click here.



Q: why do dinosoars shed their teeth?
from bob, kearns, neb, us; October 13, 2001

A: Dinosaurs didn't shed their teeth, but when a tooth broke off or wore down, it was replaced. Unlike us, they didn't need dentists.



Q: what are carnivores
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 13, 2001

A: Carnivores are meat-eaters - for example, T. rex was a carnivore.



Q: is t-rex realy the king?
from ivanr, tampa, florida, united states; October 13, 2001

A: No. Since T. rex's species name, "rex," means king, T. rex is sometimes called the king of the dinosaurs. It was given this species name (rex) because when it was found, it was the biggest-known meat-eating dinosaur.



Q: Im in 6 grade and I am doing a report on the Titanosaurus. Can you tell me how much it Weighs?
from Claire S., Belvidere, NJ, USA; October 13, 2001

A: Titanosaurus may have weighed roughly 14,700 kg.



Q: Hi I have a question about Ankylasouras, what does she/he use her armour for and where did it come from?!

By for now Rebecca .N.
from Rebecca. N., St.Albert, Canada, Alberta; October 13, 2001

A: Ankylosaurus' bony armor was used to protect itself from hungry predators (meat-eaters). The armor was a part of its body - it developed and grew like all other parts of the body (where do your fingernails come from?).



Q: Whay is the estimated weight,lengthand height of a Nodosaurus and the comparison of the dinosaur's size and the size of man. And the bone structure of the dinosaur. And is the dinosaur a herbivore,carnivore or omnivore? what did the dinosaur eat? Is there any fossil discoveries? What is the geologic time period of the dinosaur? what other dinosaurs lived during that time period? and other organisms such as birds,fish, mammals.aslo plants and vegetation that existed. what was the climate and land forms? what was any known extinctions that occurred during this period?
from Stephanie R, salt lake city, Utah, United States; October 12, 2001

A: For a page on Nodosaurus, click here. For other dinosaurs that lived during the early Cretaceous period, click here. For general information on the Cretaceous period (weather, geography, other plants and animals), click here.



Q: what was the name of the insect that looked like a fly, which was used to get DNA of the dinosaurs that it drank
from amanda D., sydney, N.S.W, Australia; October 12, 2001

A: In the movie Jurassic Park, it was amber-encased mosquitos that yielded all that dinosaur DNA (this is fictional - no dinosaur DNA has been found in ancient mosquitos).



Q: how was the climate like in the Trassic?
from miranda w, georgetown, south carolina, united states of america; October 12, 2001

A: During the Triassic period, the climate on Earth was warmer than it is now. Also, the continents were jammed together into a supercontinent (which we now call Pangaea), so much of the land area was interior continental deserts.



Q: what does the Teradactyl look like?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 12, 2001

A: For a page on Pterodactylus, click here.

Pterodactylus




Ankylosaur toothQ: What type of teeth did Ankylosaurus have?
from Al M, ?, NY, USA; October 12, 2001

A: Ankylosaurus had teeth shaped a bit like little hands (the drawing to the right). For more information on Ankylosaurus, click here.



Q: how are fossils dated
from john s, li verpool, mersy side, england; October 11, 2001

A: Click here for a page on dating fossils.



Q: what is a Australian Saurapod
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 10, 2001

A: A huge [52-69 feet long, 29 feet tall and from 22-30 tonnes], new type of sauropod (nicknamed Elliot) was found in Australia in 1999; it will be years before it will be entirely unearthed from its secret location on a sheep ranch in Queensland . Previously, other sauropods and sauropod footprints have been found in Australia. For a page listing Australian dinosaurs, click here.



Q: What is the habitat of a t-rex?
from laura d., owingsville, ky, north america; October 10, 2001

A: T. rex lived in a humid, semi-tropical environment, in open forests with nearby rivers and in coastal forested swamps.



Q: I am searching for as much information as possible on carchardon megladon. Can you help?
Many thanks

from Mark C, London, ?, England; October 10, 2001

A: For a page on Megalodon, click here.



Q: Where did dinosors live?
from luren draco, gillsbug, calfron, ?; October 10, 2001

A: Dinosaur fossils have been found on all of the continents, including Antarctica.



Q: I need to know where the stegosaurs was on the food chain.( A picture would be very helpful).
from Angelo S., Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA; October 9, 2001

A: Stegosaurs (like Stegosaurus and Kentrosaurus) were plant-eaters (also called herbivores or primary consumers).



Q: what size were dinosaur eggs and where can i find out more about them?
from dylan t, invercargill, ?, new zealand; October 9, 2001

A: Click here for a page on dinosaur eggs and reproduction.



Q: When did dinosours first roam the earth?
from Sahvanna .Z, Cumberland, R.I, USA; October 9, 2001

A: Dinosaurs evolved about 230 million years ago.



Q: What was the height and weight of the jaxartosaurus?
from Shay A., moultire, georgia, US; October 9, 2001

A: For information on Jaxartosaurus, click here.



Q: have dinosuars ever been found in egypt?
from john a., apache junction, az, usa; October 9, 2001

A: Many dinosaurs have been found in Egypt, including Aegyptosaurus, Bahariasaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Dicraeosaurus, Erectopus, Majungasaurus, Paralititan, and Spinosaurus. For other African dinosaurs, click here.



Q: what is the most famouse dinosure and what was his life look like?
from laila naseer a., dubai, ?, UAE; October 8, 2001

A: T. rex is probably the most famous dinosaur. For information on T. rex, click here.



Q: When did dinosaurs appear on Earth,What was the period and approximate numbers of years ago?
from Ashly C., Riverside, Ca, United States; October 8, 2001

A: Dinosaurs evolved about 230 million years ago, during the Triassic period.



Q: what does saurus mean?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 7, 2001

A: Sauros means lizard.



Q: in what continent have dinosaur fossils not beeb found
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 7, 2001

A: Dinosaur fossils have been found on all the continents.



Q: i have found it VERY hard to find information on the dinosaur ZIGONGOSAURUS would you recemend any websites which would have information on this dinosaur
from mikaela l, melbourne, VIC, Australia; October 7, 2001

A: For information on Zigongosaurus, click here.



Q: What types of dinasours roamed the great state of Texas?
from John, Sealy, Texas, USA; October 7, 2001

A: Acrocanthosaurus, Alamosaurus, Brontopodus, Camptosaurus, Chasmosaurus, Coelophysis, Deinonychus, Edmontosaurus, Hypsilophodon, Iguanodon, Kritosaurus, Ornithomimus, Panoplosaurus, Pawpawsaurus, Pleurocoelus, Protohadros byrdi, Shuvosaurus, Stegoceras, Technosaurus, Tenontosaurus, Texascetes, Torosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex have been found in Texas. For a page on the dinosaur genera that have been found in the US states, click here.



Q: The official fossil of Mississippi is the Bacilosaurus. Is there a contemporary living today related to it?
from Trey G., Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, USA; October 6, 2001

A: Basilosaurus was an ancient whale.



Q: How come you guys do not ave any information on Dromaeosaurus?
from Victor M, North Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America; October 6, 2001

A: Click here for information on Dromaeosaurus.



Q: how often did dinosars feed?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 6, 2001

A: No one knows; that depends a lot on their metabolism.



Q: wdat partof Terodactyl means bird?
from zack e, new orleans, la, usa; October 6, 2001

A: None. Ptero means wing and dactylus means finger. For more information on Pterodactylus, click here.



Q: We would like to know more about the wooley mamouth.
from Linda, Acton, Mass, USA; October 6, 2001

A: For information on the woolly mammoth, click here.



Q: What was the height, weight and length of carnotaurus?
from ?, ?, ?, USA; October 5, 2001

A: Carnotaurus was about 25 feet (7.5 m) long, roughly 6.5 feet (2 m) tall at the hips, and weighed about 1 ton (1000 kg). For a page on Carnotaurus, click here.



Q: How many dinosaurs have been found in Australia?
from NATHAN, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; October 5, 2001

A: A lot. For a page listing Australian dinosaurs, click here.



Q: what does stegasaurus mean \
from Anthony C, Lindenhurst, ny, usa; October 5, 2001

A: Stegosaurus means "Covered Lizard" or "Roof lizard." For a page on Stegosaurus, click here.



Q: I dont have much info on evolution....can you give me some?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 5, 2001

A: Click here or here.



Q: My son is doing a report on the Utah Raptor! Do you have any interesting facts on this dinosaur?
from Debbie, Cleveland, OHIO, ?; October 5, 2001

A: Utahraptor was a 16-23 feet (5-7 m) long meat-eating dinosaurs that was found in Utah. This giant predator may have hnted in packs. For a page on Utahraptor, click here.



Q: what are the different theories on dinasours extintion
from R.S., Miami, Florida, U.S.A; October 4, 2001

A: The most widely-accepted theory is the Alvarez asteroid theroy. For other theories, click here.



Q: What did the dinasour food chain look like?
from Jeffrey K., Derry, PA, USA; October 4, 2001

A:

T. rex food chain
For more information on dinosaur diets, click here.



Q: average life span of most dinosaurs
from KiShawn W, Smithfield, North Carolina, United States; October 4, 2001

A: For information on dinosaur life spans, click here.



Q: where did the stegosaurus live?
from Danielle L, Culver City, California, United States; October 4, 2001

A: Stegosaurus fossils have been found in western North America (Utah, Wyoming, and Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado), western Europe, southern India, China, and southern Africa.. For more information on Stegosaurus, click here.



Q: Could you please tell me the scientific name of the Xiaosaurus? Oh and I need some info on it, 5 characteristics or important things about them. I need this information as soon as possible!
from Sarah W, Tallahassee, Florida, USA; October 4, 2001

A: Xiaosaurus is that dinosaur's genus. The type species is Xiaosaurus dashanpensis. For a page on Xiaosaurus, click here.



Q: When was the fozen wholly mammath found? What year?
from Vanessa S, Oceanside, California, U.S; October 4, 2001

A: In 1997, an entire mummified Woolly Mammoth was found in Siberian ice. For more information on Woolly Mammoths, click here.



Q: Did dienosuchus walk on 2 or 4 legs and did it live like a crocodile or a dinosaur?
from Dillon L, Pgh, PA, USA; October 4, 2001

A: Deinosuchus was a crocodilian that walked on four short legs.



Q: what languages did dinosaur names come from?
from brim, inde, ?, usa; October 4, 2001

A: They're mostly from Greek and Latin roots, but lately, words from the language where the fossil was found have been used in naming the dinosaur. For a page on often-used dinosaur name roots, click here.



Q: What is the four letter word that defines what a mold filled with sediment that hardened to stone?
from OP, Tucson, AZ, USA; October 3, 2001

A: That's called a cast.



Q: What ara the physical adaptions of an apatosaurus/brontosaurus?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 3, 2001

A: The most obvious of Apatosaurus' adaptations were its long neck (used to get its food), its long, whip-like tail (perhaps used as protection), foot claws (also for protection), flat teeth (used to strip foliage from trees), and a bulky body (used to process large amounts of food).



Q: what are the enemies of the loch ness monster and the plesiosaur? your help is appreciated. thank~ :)
from Suzanna, somewhere in ontaria, ontario, canada; October 2, 2001

A: The enemy of the Lock Ness monster is reality. Plesiosaurus may have been at the top of its local food chain in the sea (but this isn't certain - it may have been preyed up by larger marine reptiles like Temnodontosaurus, which was, however, primarily a squid-eater). If Plesiosaurus ventured on the beach to lay eggs, it may have been preyed upon there by large crocodilians and/or large dinosaurs).



Q: how much did a trachodon weigh?
from jacob n., biddeford, me, usa; October 2, 2001

A: Trachodon was a plant-eating dinosaur that is known only from a few teeth and jaw parts. Its size and weight are unknown.



Q: What are all kinds of dinorsaur in the jurassi
from franklin, Georgetown, South Carolina, United States; October 2, 2001

A: For early Jurassic dinosaurs, click here. For middle Jurassic dinosaurs, click here. For late Jurassic dinosaurs, click here.



Q: What are the different theories of the extintion of the dinosaurs?
from Brian V, Miami, Florida, U.S.A; October 1, 2001

A: The Alvarez Asteroid theory is the most widely-accepted theory. For other extinction theories, click here.



Q: what is the largest shark ever found?
from kris v., white river, SD, usa; October 1, 2001

A: The largest living shark is the whale shark. The biggest fossil shark is megalodon.



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