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Questions from Late Oct. 2001:

Q: do you think the breakup of pangaea during the jurassic led to the extinction of some dinosaures and the evolution of other dinosaurs?
from pavel b, ottawa, ontario, canada; October 31, 2001

A: Yes, it undoubtably did. The breakup of Pangaea would have caused huge climate changes. For example, when Pangaea was intact, most of the world's land was interior desert; after the breakup, the climate was more moderate and there were fewer deserts. A major climate change like this would certainly be accompanied by a reshuffling of life forms (extinctions and new forms evolving).



Q: HOW WAS COPROLITE FOSSILIZED?FAST PLEASE I HAVE TO DO A REPORT!
from SHANNON.P, EDISON, NJ, USA; October 31, 2001

A: Coprolite fossilized in the same manner that other things fossilize. For a page on how fossils form, click here.



Q: WHY IS IT CALLED COPROLITE? FAST PLEASE I HAVE TO DO A REPORT!
from SHANNON.P, EDISON, NJ, USA; October 31, 2001

A: The word coprolite (fossilized dung) means "dung stone" in Greek.



Q: what is the genus and species of the stegosuarus
from bob, L. A., California, USA; October 31, 2001

A: Stegosaurus' genus is Stegosaurus. Known species include S. armatus, S. affinis, S. laticeps, and S. stenops. For more information on Stegosaurus, click here.



Q: What habbitat does a Arkaeopteryx live in?
from Peter Whitehouse, Walsall, West midlands, England.; October 31, 2001

A: For information on Archaeopteryx, click here.



Q: Whatn was the name of the asteroid event that killed the Dinosaurs, what's the date, and what environmental effects happened?
from Jon R., Burnsville, Minnesota, U.S.A; October 30, 2001

A: For information on the K-T extinction, which happened 65 million years ago, click here.



Q: can you show me some pictures of long neck dinosaurs?
from danielle. d, new bedford, mass., united states; October 30, 2001

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



Q: where can i find information on the dimetradon?
from bh, ridgway, co, united state; October 30, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: You call baby dogs puppies. Baby cats you call kittens. Baby humans are called babies and then kids. What do you call a baby dinousour?
from Laua L, Edwardsville, IL, U.S.A; October 30, 2001

A: Newly-hatched dinosaurs are called hatchlings. Not fully grown ones are called juveniles.



Q: Can you give me any pictures of dinosaurs from the cretaceous?
from jennifer rae rhame, North Charleston, South carolina, united states; October 30, 2001

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



Q: diring what period did T-rex live in?
from Chelsi J., Wichita Falls Tx, ?, U.S; October 30, 2001

A: T. rex lived during the late Cetaceous period. For more information on T. rex, click here.



Q: During what time period did the huge sauropod dinosaurs(the long-necked plant-eaters)live?
from Brittany C., Texas, United States; October 30, 2001

A: Most of the sauropods lived during the Jurassic period and the Cretaceous period.



Q: how many years did dinisors live
from aaron H, witchita Falls, texas, united states; October 30, 2001

A: The various dinosaurs lived for about 165 million years (from 230 million years ago until 65 million years ago).



Q: enviroment of the Trassic Period
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 29, 2001

A: Duåring the Triassic period, the Earth was quite different than it is now. All the continents were jammed together into a supercontinent (which we now call Pangaea). This made much of the land interior land, and very dry. Pangaea was located near the equator, so the land was also warmer than it is now. For more information on the Triassic, click here.



Q: Is coprolite edible? Please answer VERY fast because i have to have this information by october 29 2001!
from J. k., Edison, NewJersey, UnitedStates; October 29, 2001

A: No, of course not; like other fossils, coprolites (fossilized dung) are composed of rock-like minerals.



Q: What is an ornithosuchus? How does it eat? How does it gather food? How does it move? How does it protect itself? Where did it live?
from Michael H, Elkhart, Indiana, USA; October 29, 2001

A: Ornithosuchus was a meat-eating early thecodont (an early reptile) that had a long snout and many sharp teeth (used to get food and to protect itself). Fossils have been found in England (and a few other locations). It walked on two legs. For more on Ornithosuchus, click here.



Q: How did the dinosaurs get here
from Alyssa K, West Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.; October 29, 2001

A: They evolved from earlier reptiles (probably thecodonts).



Q: What is Petrification?
from katie g., EDISON, NJ, USA; October 29, 2001

A: Petrification is a process in which an organic tissue (like wood) turns to stone. The original materials are repaced by minerals.



Q: What is the Quaternary Period,Why did this period end and what was its role of evolution ?
from Irene T, Merrillville, Indiana, USA; October 29, 2001

A: The Quartenary Period (also called the "Age of Man") started 1.8 million years ago and is still in progress. This period hasn't ended yet and the evolution of people nad civilization is considered to be pivotal events during this period.



Q: Why didn't it decompose? (coprolite)
from bern F., Edison, Nj, USA; October 29, 2001

A: All fossils (including coprolites) are unusual in that unlike most dead organisms, they did not decay, but were preserved. The preservation can happen in many ways, two of which are being buried in dry sand or sinking into mud that contains very little oxygen.



Q: what is a wannanosaurus ? i need to do a report on it and cant find it any were ? where can i find info on it ?
from kelsie h, new oxford, pa, usa; October 29, 2001

A: For information on Wannanosaurus, click here.



Q: Where do you find coprolite?
from David C, Edison, NJ, USA; October 29, 2001

A: Like all fossils, they're easier to find in exposed sedimentary rock (like badlands and roadcuts) - but like all fossils, they are not easy to find and are even less easy to recognize.



Q: are their any sites that have pictures, or drawings of megladon?
from ron b, depew, ny, usa; October 29, 2001

A: There are no photos of Megalodon, since only teeth have been found. For a page on Megalodon with a drawing, click here.



Q: could u compare eat meater and plant eaters please
from c.ozturan, milano, cornaredo, italy; October 29, 2001

A: In addition to having different diets, they had different physiology and behavior. They have different teeth and jaws (meat-eaters generally have slicing and cutting teeth with strong jaws; plant-eaters have teeth adapted to stripping foliage and/or grinding tough plant material and weaker jaws), different senses (for example, predators often have binocular vision in order to better judge distance, but herbivores need a wider field of vision to spot lurking predators), different levels of intelligence (predators often have to devise a way to get meat while expending a minimun of energy; hebivores need to run away or grow armor), etc. For a page on dinosaur diets, click here.



Q: Where can I find some info on Aegyptosaurus
from k.h, Gold coest, qld, Australia; October 29, 2001

A: For a page on Aegyptosaurus, click here.



Q: What are scientists who study coprolite called?
from Anonymous, Edison, New Jersey, United States; October 29, 2001

A: Paleontologists.



Q: what period did they come from?
from Anita B., Edison, N.J., USA; October 29, 2001

A: Assuming you meant dinosaurs, they lived during three geologic time periods, the Triassic period, the Jurassic period, and the Cretaceous Perod (together, these three periods form the Mesozoic Era.



Q: What dinosaurs are in the Ceratopsidae family?
from Melissa, ?, ?, ?; October 29, 2001

A: Ceratopsidae includes the plant-eating, horned dinosaurs Avaceratops, Monoclonius, Brachyceratops, Centrosaurus, Styracosaurus, etc. For a cladogram of Ceratopsidae, click here. For another cladogram of Ceratopsidae, click here.



Q: I need to know all of the dinosaurs names that lived in north america
from Tina B, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; October 29, 2001

A: For North American dinosaurs, click here.



Q: what is the Dimetrodom
from Louise.B, sydney, ?, australia; October 28, 2001

A: Dimetrodon was a large, meat-eating reptile that had a sail on its back - it was not a dinosaur. For a page on Dimetrodon, click here.



Q: How and When did the Brachiosaurus die out?
from heather smith, newton, north carolina, USA; October 28, 2001

A: Brachiosaurus lived from about 156 million to 145 million years ago (during the late Jurassic period); its fossils have been found in Colorado, USA, North America, and Tanzania, Africa. For more information on Brachiosaurus, click here.



Q: i have to do a report on mesosaurus for science can you tell a great site to get the information on this dinosaur?
from amy, crawfordsville, indiana, usa; October 28, 2001

A: For an entry on Mesosaurus, click here.



Q: What geological time line did dinosaurs get extincted?
from tasha c., waianae, HI, ?; October 28, 2001

A: The dinosaurs underwent continual evolution and extinction throughout the Mesozoic Era (from about 230 million years ago until 65 million years ago). The last of the dinosaurs (except for the birds) went extinct about 65 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period (which was at the end of the Mesozoic Era).

Dinosaur timeline



Q: what is the king size coprolite?(name it please) and what's the dino it came from? Please answer my questions before nov. 8th beacuse i am doing a report and its due on nov.12th
from J.B., Edison, New Jersey, United States; October 28, 2001

A: The biggest coprolite from a carnivore was from a T. rex. For information on this find, click here.



Q: what can we learn from dino droppings? Please answer my question very soon because i am doing a project and i have to get of line soon, so please.
from Juhi B., Edison, New Jersey, United States; October 27, 2001

A: Coprolites (fossilized dung) can tell you what an animal ate. For example, a T. rex coprolite was found containing crushed Triceratops frill, so T. rex ate Triceratops.



Q: What is the difference between a rock and a mineral?
from Lyle S., Portland, Oregon, USA; October 27, 2001

A: A rock is a mixture of two or more naturally-occurring substances, mostly minerals; some rocks include granite, limestone, and sandstone. A mineral is an inorganic, naturally-occurring substance with an exact crystal structure, and all the molecules have the same chemical makeup (like a specimen of calcite, quartz, or hematite).



Q: Is there such thing as a crocodile that ate dinosaurs.
from grayson, deltaville, va, usa; October 27, 2001

A: Yes, there were some very large crocodilians that lived during the time of the dinosaurs (like Deinosuchus, Leidysuchus, Geosaurus, and Phobosuchus) and they probably ate some dinosaurs.



Q: What are some dinasors from the triassic period
from Suzzy, ?, ?, ?; October 27, 2001

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



Q: what did dinasaurs eat
from cheryl l, glasgow, ?, scotland; October 26, 2001

A: Most were plant-eaters, others were meat-eaters or ate both plants and meat. For a page on dinosaur diets, click here.



Q: I make home movies, and I try to make it scientificaly correct. Can you give me info on a cretacious ovimimosaur ( ostrich dino) that lived in North America? Thanks!
from Jason H, grandview, missouri, united states; October 26, 2001

A: For a page on Ornithomimus, click here.



Q: what is a frill?
from shannanS., trumbull, c.t., Uninted States; October 26, 2001

A: A frill is a sheet of bone on the heads of ceratopsian dinosaurs, like Protoceratops and Triceratops.



Q: Which animal is older than dinosaurs?
from jane fu, auckland, auckland, newzealand; October 26, 2001

A: Many animals lived before the dinosaur, including sponges, corals, worms, many fish (including some sharks), amphibians, insects and arachnids, Dimetrodon (and other pelycosaurs), etc. For a chart of geologic time time that includes when major groups of animals evolved, click here.



Q: What can scientists learn from Coporlite?
from ?, Woodbrigde, New Jersey, United States; October 26, 2001

A: Coprolites (fossilized dung) can tell you what an animal ate. For example, a T. rex coprolite was found containing crushed Triceratops frill, so T. rex ate Triceratops.



Q: give me 10 facts about the triceratops
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 26, 2001

A: For a fact sheet on Triceratops, click here.



Q: ?
from what is mexicos state dinosaur?, ?, ?, ?; October 25, 2001

A: I've never heard of there being one (but there may be one).



Q: What animal is bigger then any dinosaur?
from Robert R, Smithtown, NY, United states; October 24, 2001

A: The blue whale is more massive than even the largest dinosaurs.



Q: in what era did the dinosaurs live
from page w, ?, ?, ?; October 24, 2001

A: The dinosaurs lived during the Mesozoic Era.



Q: What is a megalasaurus?
from Tiffany M, newton, NC, uSA; October 24, 2001

A: Megalosaurus was a large, meat-eating dinosaur. For a page on Megalosaurus, click here.



Q: Is the spinosaurs a real dinosaur like in the movie Jurassic park 3?
from chase p, Edmond, Oklahoma, United States; October 24, 2001

A: Spinosaurus was a real dinosaur. For information on Spinosaur, click here.



Q: How did the Denversaurus get its name?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 24, 2001

A: Denversaurus means Denver lizard." Denver refers to the Denver Museum of Natural History, where the fossil specimen was stored before it was identified . It was named by Robert Bakker in 1988.



Q: in what era did the dinosaurs live
from page w, ?, ?, ?; October 24, 2001

A: The dinosaurs lived during the Mesozoic Era.



Q: how big are brontosauruses hearts?
from alasdair k, Kyneton, victoria, australia; October 24, 2001

A: No one has ever found a fossilized Brontosaurus (now called Apatosaurus) heart, but it must have been very large. For information on Brontosaurus/Apatosaurus, click here.



Q: Where do Komoto Dragons live?
from Linda T, Dallas, TX, USA; October 24, 2001

A: Komoto dragons live on Komoto Island and nearby islands. For more information on Komoto dragonss, click here.



Q: How did Dino's reproduce?
from A.G., Long Beach, CA, USA; October 23, 2001

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



Q: what are the names of all the dinosuars that have been dicovered(carnivors and herbavores)?
from Chelsea U, Kent City, MI, U.S.A.; October 23, 2001

A: Click here for the "A" dinosaurs, then click on the other letters on that page to see all of them. Carnivores are listed in red; herbivores are listed in green.



Q: Why are dinosaurs extinct?
from CaChe E., Detroit, MI, USA; October 23, 2001

A: They are extinct (except for the birds, which evoled from some carnivores) for the same reason that other aorganisms have gone extinct - they were unable to adapt to changes. For a page on dinosaur extinctions, click here.



Q: when was the muttaburrasaurus discovered ?
from kira w, sydney, ?, aus; October 23, 2001

A: Muttaburrasaurus was discovered in 1963 (by the Thompson River in central Queensland, Australia).



Q: What were some dinosaurs living in the early Mesozoic Era?
from Superstar P., ?, ?, United states; October 23, 2001

A: For a list of the dinosaurs known from the Triassic period (the beginning of the Mesozoic Era), click here.



Q: What's a herdavore omnivore and carnivore
from Nicholas D, Dartmouth, Mass., U.S.A.; October 22, 2001

A: An herbivore is a plant-eating animal. An omnivore eats both plants and animals. A carnivore is a meat-eater.



Q: What is the possibility that the Carcharodon Megalodon is still alive based on the fact that sharks loses lots of teeth as a normal part of living,and Coelacanth was recently found alive and believed to be extinct as well? Given the fact that we have not explored every part of the ocean at every depth I believe that a few at least may have survived.
from Len H., Barnstead, NH, USA; October 21, 2001

A: There is a small possibilty that megalodon may still exist.



Q: what is the scientific name for dinasour poop?
from laurie l, yuba city, california, usa; October 21, 2001

A: Fossilized dung (from any source) is called coprolites.



Q: define the word fossil
from daniel, melbourne, victoria, australia; October 21, 2001

A: See our paleontology dictionary.



Q: what is the size and /or weight of dinosaur brachiosaurus?
from hassan f, dearborn hts, mi, usa; October 21, 2001

A: Brachiosaurus was about 85 feet (26 m) long, and weighed about 33-88 tons (30-80 tonnes). For more information on Brachiosaurus, click here.



Q: Do you have the scientific names for Dogfish sharks
from Lauren B, Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States; October 21, 2001

A: Dogfish sharks belong to the order Squaliformes and the family Family Squatinidae or Squalidae. For information on the spiny dogfish shark (Squalus acanthias), click here.



Q: How long did dinosaurs exhist?
from Chelsea S., carnesville, Georgia, U.S.A; October 21, 2001

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



Q: Wich Dinosaur had the longest neck , and why did it need a long neck?
from Charlotte K., Auckland, ?, New Zealand; October 20, 2001

A: Sauroposeidon had the longest neck. Individual vertebrae (neck bones) are up to 4 feet (1.2 m) long. Mamenchisaurus had the second longest neck. Its neck was up to 46 feet (14 m) long.



Q: What year were dinosaurs extict?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 19, 2001

A: The last of the dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years ago.



Q: Do insects have blood?
from Lindsay F., Westborough, Massachusetts, USA; October 19, 2001

A: Yes.



Q: what is a diplodocus
from hannahhich, ?, ?, ?; October 19, 2001

A: Diplodocus was a long-necked, whip-tailed, plant-eating dinosaur. For a page on Diplodocus, click here.



Q: what is the name of a dinosaur that may have lived in herds
from Scott M, plains, ks, usa; October 18, 2001

A: Many dinosaurs, including Styracosaurus and Maiasaura, probably lived in herds. For more information on dinosaur herds, click here.



Q: where was the first dinosaur found in the us
from theresa, new york, new york, usa; October 18, 2001

A: The first US dinosaur was found in New Jersey.



Q: name the dinosors that eat meat.
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 18, 2001

A: The theropods were meat-eating dinosaurs.



Q: is a Triceratops cold or warm blooded?
from michelle g, ?, ?, ?; October 17, 2001

A: No one knows. For some information on dinosaur metabolisms, click here.



Q: What is a living fossil?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 17, 2001

A: A living fossil (an oxymoron) is an organism that lived during ancient times and still lives today, relatively unchanged, like the Coelacanth, the horseshoe crab, the gingko tree, cycads, horsetails, club mosses, and many, many other well-adapted organisms.



Q: could you help me find the height ,length,and wieght of a Cardiodon dinosaur?
from mishele t, cleveland, ohio, u.s.a; October 17, 2001

A: Cardiodon is known from only a single, heart-shaped tooth. No one knows how big it was or what it weighed.



Q: was there ever any dinosour bones found in egypt? also if there was found dinosours in egypt were any found by the nile river were it splits off into four main parts? not sure what they area is called. If they were found in egypt it would only make since they were around the nile river but still woundering. but i want to know mainly has any been found right at were the nile breaks into 4 places
from neil f, benicia, ca, usa; October 17, 2001

A: Egyptian dinosaurs include Aegyptosaurus, Bahariasaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Dicraeosaurus, Erectopus, Majungasaurus, Paralititan, and Spinosaurus (I don't know the exact locations where they were found). For other African dinosaurs, click here.



Q: What is there about creodonts?
from Z.M., ?, ?, ?; October 16, 2001

A: Click here.



Q: what is a triseratops
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 16, 2001

A: Triceratops was a plant-eating dinosaur. For more infromatoin on Triceratops, click here.



Q: What are dinosaurs scientific name?What was their genus name?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; October 16, 2001

A: Dinosaurs are commonly known by their genus name - for example, Triceratops is that dinosaur's genus. For more on dinosaur classification, click here.



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