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Q: How are dinosaur footprints preserved?
from pam s., denver, colorado; February 2, 2002
A: Dinosaur footprints (and the footprints of other animals) are usually casts of the original print or the mold produced from the cast (which looks like the bottom of the animal's foot). One way a fossilized footprint can form is when an animal makes a footprint in mud (like on a river bank) and the mud then dries (or partly dries) before being filled in with another sediment (like soil or more mud). If the footprint is undisturbed, it may eventually fossilize, as the mud turns to rock over the millennia.
Ornithischians and Saurischians.
A: For a page on Utahraptor, click here.
A: It was Mary Mantell (the wife of Gideon A. Mantell). She is said to have found the first Iguanodon tooth in 1822; there is no substantiation to this story, however.
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A: No, people dod not appear until millions of years after the dinosaurs went extinct. For a geologic timeline, click here.
A: Click here and scroll down to the section on the USA.
A: I haven't read any studies that analyzed the jumping ability of dinosaurs, but it would certainly be interesting.
A: We have plenty of extraordinary information on dinosaurs, including fact sheets, information pages to color, and long information sheets; we don't settle for regular information.
A: Given the size difference, I would bet on T. rex over Allosaurus.
Kopros means dung and lithikos means stone in Greek. For more information on coprolites, click here.
A: First of all, not all dinosaurs were huge. The smaller dinosaurs (like Compsognathus) were only the size of a house cat. No one knows why some dinosaurs got so huge, but they were obviously responding to the pressures of natural selection (like getting big to escape being eaten by large predators).
A: For a page on Dimetrodon, click here. For a fact sheet on Dimetrodon, click here.
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