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Dino Talk: A Dinosaur Forum Early May 2000

If you like dinosaurs (or anything else), tell everyone about it.

May 2000

Hey, nobody knows more about dinosaurs than me. E-mail me at xxx and I'll tell you all you need to know about the Dinosaur.
from Dinosaur Jack, age ?, ?, ?, ?; May 15, 2000

Sorry, I can't put people's e-mail addresses online. JC

Hey Everyone I'm the real dino master I go to school with brad any questions comments ask away!!:->
from Jay The Dino Master, age 13, Woodville, Ontario, Canada; May 15, 2000

Is there girl dinosaur
from AUSTIN, age 8, PORT CHARLOTTE, FL, US; May 15, 2000

Of course there were girl dinosaurs, Austin! And boys too, since nature and Jurassic Park are entirely diffent things. Every dinosaur species had male and female members, and some fossils seem to show the differences between the boys and the girls. Female Parasauralophus have larger bodies and smaller crests than the males, female Chasmosaurus have shorter brow horns, since they didn't fight each other, and female Stegoceras (dinosaur of the week, as I was just told) have less of a dome than the males. Most dinosaur names are masculine, but Maiasaura, Leaellynasaura and Gasparinisaura have all been given feminine names.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 16, 2000

Run to the news stand, Daniel! There is one magazine, Discovery, I think, that has an artilce on New Zealand dinos, and its out now! I didn't buy it, since I'm saving up for the book "The Complete Dinosaur" ($83!), but it looks good. There's a big theropod, a mosasaur, and some others.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 15, 2000

Hi, you said that u didnt know alot about the donosaur, Cryptoclidus oor any other Plesiosaurias. Do u know anyone who does???? Oh, by the way, my teacher recamended this site!!
from shelly, age 12, ?, ?, USA; May 15, 2000

This is a chatroom in which kids talk to each other. I generally don't interfere, but for information on Cryptoclidus, click here. JC

Sorry to be picky, but do you know absolutly anything more about them???But thanks for putting that up anyway!!!!! Who runs this Dino Talk, JC or Brad???? Because brad answers all the questions.If YOU need more info about them, I can give you some, i think i have enough info. THANKZ!!!!
from shelly, age 12, ?, ?, usa; May 17, 2000

This is a chat room, where any one can write in about anything - I just put the comments online. We don't answers people's questions here, other kids do. We have a Question and Answer page in which I answer questions. JC

How many dinosaurs where there in New Zealnd and were they better than other dinosaurs and why
from DANIEL, age 15, Auckland, ?, New Zealand; May 14, 2000

You know Dinosaurmania has really picked up when dollar stores are stocking up on plastic reptiles of a prehistoric nature. During the Jurassic Park boom, they sold some good stuff, including a great Iguanodon and a decent Brachiosaurus I still have today. The dinosaurs were hollowed out to save the company money in the LOst World Boom, but they were still packaged with scientific identification, and looked okay. The ones I saw today are extremely poor though. They're thin and hollow of course, and are further cheapened by having holes punched in them, sometimes in embarassing places. They are not identified by genus in any way, just tossed there as if it didn't matter. I mean, they're only a buck, but you used to be able to buy a packaged set of two smaller, but good quality dinosaurs for $2.00.... What is the world coming to?
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 12, 2000

what do you like ?
from jack, age 7, ?, ?, ?; May 12, 2000

Hi, Jack! I like megalosaurs, ceratosaurs, prosauropods, odd and impressive sauropods, arch-snouted duckbills, centrosaurines, . . .
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 12, 2000

hi i am very interested i the i.q of dinosdaurus is there any way you show aht there i.q is well write back
from britt e., age 6, lake tahoe, california, usa; May 12, 2000

Maybe, Britt. If iq is the same as eq, it's part of most of the dinosaur information sheets on this site.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 12, 2000

I really love to know about dinosaurs. My favorite is the Raptor family...I wonder how they do to catch their prey. I'm always looking for dinasours information in my school library.
from Mario E, age 7, San Juan, Puerto Rico, ?; May 12, 2000

Here's some raptor stuff I found for you, Mario. The raptors may have hunted by flexing their toe claws into a killing position, and kicked with the rest of the leg, slashing into the belly of a plant-eater and gutting it in one stroke. Greg Paul has a slightly different idea, where the raptors ran alonside the plant-eater, jumped on its back, and wounded it while hey used their big, strong claws to hold on. Ouch!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 12, 2000

Where's Brad??????????????????????????
from D.G., age ?, ?, ?, US; May 12, 2000

I just got home, D.G. I was at the library getting some dinosaur books! I found a really good one, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs by David Norman. It has lots of facts in it.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 12, 2000

hi i was just wandering do you know any good dinosaurs to do a report on my cool science teacher i letting us do one and i want mine to be fantastic so could tyou write about it plese to me and tell em a great one
from alley.d, age 8, sacremento, california, usa; May 12, 2000

I have question like yeah. Ok, whatever, anyways, like what dinosaur like should I like do for like my dinosaur report like yeah, whatever. So like respond like ok? Well, whatever but like you got to like respond because like if you don't like I'm in major like trouble like ok bye.
from Beatrice X., age 64, Willimansburg, Virginia, United States; May 12, 2000

hi Alley and, like, Beatrice. There are a lot of dinosaurs to write reports on, but the best genral rule is to go with whatever you can find enough information on. It may be fun to write about dubious genera, but you won't fill a page with it. My suggestions for your reports are are Deinonychus, Maiasaura, Diplodocus, Brachiosaurus, Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Iguanodon. There is a lot written about these dinosaurs in my collection of books, so hopefully you will be able to make a good report.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 12, 2000

i love dino s they are so cool and i want to meet one do you think i will ever be able to see one and do you know what the smallest dino is i dont but i would like to
from maddy l., age 8, ?, USAusa, usssssssssa; May 12, 2000

I like dinasours a lot and I wish I see them.
from Nichollette F, age 7, San Juan, Puerto Rico, ?; May 12, 2000

I know the feeling, Maddy and Nichollette. I really want to see a dinosaur too, and I might be coming pretty close this summer, since I will attend a dinosaur robot exhibit! Its still not the same thing though. The smallest dinosaur is known from penny-sized footprints that it left in Nova Scotia. It was a robin-sized meat-eater, but it isn't named.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 12, 2000

hi i was just wandering if i could have a dino for a pet they seem really cool and i want one now!!! how do i get one and then we could play with each othere and we could feed each other and when i get mad at my mommy he could growl at her!!! i am vicous too i am jsut like a dino can i also eat one they seem crunchy and nice to eata mabey on a stick or on a plate i like heads the best get ready t- rex heere comes a vicous hungry kid!!! my mmom said thtat dino were meabn back in the old age why
from stacy.b, age 4, antioch, california, usa; May 12, 2000

can i eat a dino please i really think they are very yummy yummy in my tummy i like meat i am a carnivour to just like trex i am vishious too just like trex
from sally w., age 4, ?????????, ????????, ???????????; May 12, 2000

Hi Stacy and Sally. You really think alike. I've personally never considered eating a dinosaur. You could say that technicly chickens and turkeys are dinosaurs, and eat one of them. If you want to eat something more exotic, try to find some ostrich or gator meat. Or just wait until Baskin Robins introduces Fossil Crunch ice cream this summer, with real dinosaur bone and egg fragments in every bite! (Just kidding on that last one, of course)
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 12, 2000

I like Trex but from what I read megaraptor is my favorite now. P.S. I like this site!
from Graham G, age 12, Carmel, ME, US; May 12, 2000

That's okay, Graham. I change my favourite all the time. I'm thinking of changing it tonight to Opisthocoelicaudia (not that I'm dumping any dinosaurs, I'm just adding a favourite), since it is a very strange and unique type of sauropod.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 12, 2000


Ashley- I'm not sure exactly which dinosaur fossil was first, there had been some debate about this. THe first dinosaur fossils found were all from England though, so if that is what you're asking there's the answer.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 11, 2000

hi i have learned alot about dinos but i still have one question what date did all dinosaurs exstinct and why did they exsctinct
from madeline y, age 6, new york city, new york, usa; May 11, 2000

We don't know an exact date or year, Madeline, but we might know the month that dinosaurs became extinct. Jack Wolfe studied a lot of plant fossils from the end of dinosaur times, and it looks like the leaves had frozen in the early summer. In 1991, he published the month that dinosaurs died: June. There has been some criticism to this theory, and it may not be exactly right. If you're just looking for a general time span, dinosaurs died out about 65,000,000 years ago. We don't know how dinosaurs went extinct, but there are lots of theories.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 11, 2000

i like this web site alot it is very interesting. i think i like dinosaurus alot now becuase i know how cool they were my favorite dinosaur is the t-rex because it is viscous and i like viscous animals even though they eat people they are very interesting. i cant belive the lowest i-q of a dinosaur is .05 thats amazing my i-q is 154 pretty amazing i am smarter than that one dinosuar. well i am hoing to go now tata for now and i love dinosaurs alot see ya later bye !!!!
from ashley w., age 11, lahuina, hawaii, united states of america; May 11, 2000

Ashley- good news. T.rex was viscous, but it never ate people. You can feel a little less guilty now. And believe it, some dinosaurs had tiny skulls with really little brains.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 11, 2000

How tall were the T-Rex how much did the T-Rex
from Eric K, age 9, Confluence, pensylvia, U.S.A; May 11, 2000

Well Eric, I can tell you that Tyrannosaurus rex stood about 12-15 feet tall in its natural relaxed position, or about 18 or 19 feet if it was really standing tall. 19 feet might be pushing it, since I think the American Museum of Natural History mount they dismantled for inaccuracy a few years back was 19.5 feet. I'm not sure what the new AMNH rex mount looks like, or how tall it is, I should visit their web page. As for your other question, the last word is missing and I have no idea what you are asking. Try posting it again.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 11, 2000

Dinosaurs are awsome me and katelyn love them.
from ERICA, age 11, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, AMERICA; May 11, 2000

Hi Erica! I love dinosaurs too!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 11, 2000

dose anyone know anything about compsogathuses i have a prodgect due tomorow
from jon p, age 13, arlington, tx, USA; May 10, 2000

from jon p, age 13, ?, tx, usa; May 10, 2000

I hope this isn't to late, Jon. Compsognathus means "elegant jaw". It was a Saurischian dinosaur that was 40 inches long and weighed 6 to 8 pounds. Compsognathus lived in Germany and France during the Late Jurassic, 145 million years ago. It preyed on small vertebrates and insects. Its fossils are very similar to those of Archaeoptery, the first bird.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 11, 2000

What is the smartest dinosaur?
from John L, age 8, Silverton, Idaho, U.S.A; May 10, 2000

John, the smartest dinosaur was the Troodon. It was a meat-eater that lived in Canada and the United States during the Late Cretaceous period, and its brain was as large in comparison to the body as it is in some birds. There is even a theory that it could have evolved even smarter if it didn't die out, and been as smart as a person!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 11, 2000

Haw many eggs did Brachiosaurus have?
from Arlie, age 8, pullman, Washingtoing, U.S.A.; May 10, 2000

Sorry Arlie, but this is one question we can't answer. To know how many eggs Brachiosaurus had, you would need to find a nest, or some grouping, anyway, of eggs containing bones from an unborn Brachiosaurus, which we don't have yet.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 10, 2000

Can you please send as soon as possible. I would like to know if T rex drank water and why? May 9 2000.
from Jenna T, age 9, Medical Lake, WA, USA; May 9, 2000

Hi Jenna! I tried to respond to your questions earlier, but it never appeared. Yes, Tyrannosaurus rex drank a lot of water, for the same reason any other animal would, to stay alive.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 10, 2000

Note: I didn't get your earlier response, Brad - I'll ask a technical person here to look into the problem. JC.

Did a T Rex drink water and Why?
from Jenna T, age 9, Medical Lake, Wa, USA; May 9, 2000

Where did dinosuars really live?
from Noelia Montoya, age 11, MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNI?T?D STATES; May 9, 2000

All over the place, Noelia. There is no place where dinosaurs didn't live, except for ooceans of course. There are some palces where you can't find dinosaurs though, where I live being an excellent example of a dinosaur-deprived province. :( You can find out which dinosaurs lived in a certain area on
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 9, 2000

Do you like dinosaurs?
from SABLE f, age 10, lancaster, ?, s.c; May 9, 2000

Of course I like dinosaurs, Sable! What's not to like?
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 9, 2000

dinos are da bomb
from Cody L., age 9, napa, California, U.S.A; May 9, 2000

Hi Cody! I couldn't name anything da bombier!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 9, 2000

When the dino.s die they say that sharks were in the ocean at the time. How can they be living today if they died 65 million years ago? Wouldn't they be dino.s to?
from hj, age 12, Billings, Mt, usa; May 8, 2000

Okay, hj, I think I can clear this up. First of all, sharks are not dinosaurs. Even more, sharks are no more related to dinosaurs than they are to people. The line leading to sharks and the line leading to tetrapods (amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals) split apart long before dinosaurs appeared. Second, the extinction that killed the dinosaurs did not kill every life form that was around at the time. There were sharks in the seas, but they didn't die out. Sharks probably benefited from this extinction, since it killed of their marine reptile competitors and made them the top hunters of the sea.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 9, 2000

If you wrote to this page in the last hour or so, your message was inadverdently lost (our disc was full), please write again - we've fixed the problem.

I noticed that it was answered in the Questions and Answers section today that one of the victims of the Triassic-Jurassic extinction were labyrinthodont amphibians. This is false, labyrinthodonts lived in Australia in the early Cretaceous. Like most Australian fossils, it is a pretty recent disocvery. The labyrinthodont appears in Don Lessem's amazingly cool book Dinosaur Worlds, but without a genus name. They apparently since named it Koolasuchus (sounds fake, eh?), although I haven't seen it called this in a book yet.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 8, 2000

Koolasuchus was named for Lesley Kool, an Austrailan paleontologist; she did a lot of the work excavating the jaw.

Let's talk about stegosaurs. More specificly, I'd like to discuss that shoulder spike so distinctive in illustrations of Kentrosaurus and other more primitive stegosaurs, yet strangely absent in Stegosaurus itself. The shoulder spike appears very useful in defending the front end of the stegosaur, keepng the jaws of the allosaur or ceratosaur from tearing off the front limb. Why would this feature disappear in the Stegosaurus we are all familiar with? Perhaps Stegosaurus could spin around fast enough to use its tail spikes against a carnivore attacking from the front, but it wouldn't hurt to be safe. If it wasn't for defense, maybe it was used to attract a mate, like the horns of Styracosaurus, or the crest of Parasauralpohus would later be interpreted as. Maybe they were used to scrape bark off of trees when there was no plants to eat. Still, it would not be beneficial to the Stegosaurus to not have them. I'm wondering if Stegosaurus might h! ave had a shoulder spike after all. Are there any Stegosaurus skeletons in existance that prove such a feature was not present? Maybe they were often carried off my predators as something to chew on after the meal. In a jumbled, poorly preserved specimen, they could be misidentified as tail spikes. Stegosaurus has been given a new image in recent years, including repositioning of the tail spikes, final "proof" regarding the position of the plates, and the discovery of a bony throat pouch. Could we be seeing shoulder spikes in the near future? Please write back with any opinions.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 8, 2000

This page confuses me!! and Brad u must like dinosaurs cuz u singed it more than half the singnings! ~Ashget
from Ashget, age 14, stillwater, MN, USofA; May 8, 2000

Am I confusing you, Ashget? Yes, this page is my obsession. I first suggested that ZoomDinosaurs do a message board a while ago as part of the 'Dinosaur Club' idea that was being considered at the time. I was recently e-mailed that my idea had been used, and since then I have posted stuff on dinosaurs every day, mostly as responses to other messages. Just continue using Dino Talk, and it will probably start to make sense.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 8, 2000

i love dinosours!
from verity, age 13, vic, sandringham, australia; May 8, 2000

Hi, Verity! I love dinosaurs too!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 8, 2000

cool site. I really need to know more about Cryptoclidus!!! They are a marine dinosaur and are in the Plesiosauria family. Do u know more about them??!! This is for a school project.
from shelly, age 12, ?, ?, usa; May 7, 2000

Sorry, Shelly, but I know extremely little about the Cryptoclidus, or any other plesiosaur. First of all, plesiosaurs are not dinosaurs, but a seperate line of reptiles. There are very few books written on marine reptiles, since the ink washes off their skins rather easliy. Just kidding. If you are in need of homework help, the best place is the questions and Answers section of zoomdinosaurs, where you will be helped as much as possible.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 8, 2000

WOW! you sure do know alot of dinosaur stuff! I just had a dinosaur project.Is or has anyone trid to open a dinosaur egg. There could be a new discovered dinosaur inside. Palentologists havent found evrey single dinosaur in the world right.
from Nicole b, age 7, georgetown, ont, Canada; May 7, 2000

Thank you, Nicole. I'm not sure whether they actaully "open" the eggs, or just x-ray them, but I do know that palaeontologists have been able to take a look inside and find baby maiasaurs, hypacrosaurs, troodons, oviraptors, and titanosaurs (and possibly others, that was just off the top of my dinosaur-filled head) that never hatched. I am not sure if a "new" dinosaur has ever been named from a baby inside an egg, since it would be very difficult to determine if an adult dinosaur found later belonged to the same species. You are certainly right about not every dinosaur in the world being found yet. There have been three new dinosaurs named in this year alone (Bambiraptor, Byronosaurus, and one beginning with 'T'... a sauropod, I think), and years to come will not be any different.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 7, 2000

Thanks Brad one more question.Was the T-rex the biggest Dinosaur the Gigantasaurus or nither. It should be in the jurrassic piorid. The biggest dinosaurs were in jurrassic.Right.
from Nicole B, age 7, georgetown, ont, Canada; May 7, 2000

You know your dinos, Nicole. You're definately right to say that T. rex and Giganotosaurus were not the biggest dinosaurs. The biggest dinosaurs were plant-eating sauropods, that could weight 10 times as much! There were many huge dinosaurs in the Jurassic, but a few giants survivred into Cretaceous times. There is a very good book about giant dinosaurs called SUPERGIANTS! THE BIGGEST DINOSAURS, by Don Lessem. Here are "the biggest dinosaurs" from the book. Diplodocus, 82.5 feet, 11 tons or more, Late Jurassic Apatosaurus, 73.2 - 76.6, 17 - 20 tons, Late Jurassic Amphicoelis fragillimus, 125 - 200 feet, 50 - 150 tons, Late Jurassic Brachiosaurus, 66.6 - 83.2 feet, 30 - 50 tons, Late Jurassic Antarctosaurus, up to 100 feet, 50 tons, Late Cretaceous Mamenchisaurus, 82 - ?100 feet, 14 - 26.6 tons, Middle Jurassic Supersaurus, 117 - 150 feet, 40 - 50 tons, Late Jurassic Ultrasauros, 80 - 90 feet, 40 - 50 tons, Late Jurassic Seismosaurus, 110 - 170 feet, 25 - 35 tons, Late Jurassic Argentinosaurus, 100 - 115 feet, 80 - 100 tons, Late Cretaceous This chart is pretty readable in the typing section, but may be a mess when it gets posted. Because Amphicoelias was based on poor remains that no longer exist, Argentinosaurus, a Late Cretaceous dinosaur, is given the title of the biggest dinosaur.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 7, 2000

Does anyone think that a sickness or virus killed the dinosaurs. I do! But I don t have any proof. Who can help me!
from nicole b, age 7, georgetown, ont, canada; May 6, 2000

Hi, Nicole! Robert Bakker describes disease in his book, and I'll give you a brief summary of his theory. Beacause the shallow seas were shrinking at the end of the Cretaceous, some of the land that used to be under water was exposed, and dinosaurs could walk across it. This sometimes allowed dinosaurs from Asia to migrate down into North America through Alaska. Every dinosaur had its own type of germs on it, which it was immune to. Dinosaurs living on other continents were not immune to these diseases, an died from them. Dinosaurs could also ruin an environment if none of the other animals preyed on them. Yes, there is evidence that such a thing could happen. But its also an often criticized theory too, since it seems unlikely a disease could affect every single species of dinosaur, or that a disease or parasite would completely wipe out its host animal.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 6, 2000

Does anyone know when McDonald's gets the Disney DINOSAUR Happy Meal toys in?
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 5, 2000

Are all herbivores are all quadrupedal and carnivores bipedal?
from Chris C., age 8, Richardson, T.X, U.S.A; May 5, 2000

You're pretty much right, Chris, but there were a few exceptions. Most plant-eaters were quadrupeds, including sauropods, stegosaurs, anklosaurs and ceratopsians, were undoubtedly quadrupedal. Ornithopods and pachycephalosaurs were bipedal plant-eaters, although big ornithopods might have spent a lot of their time on all fours too. Meat-eaters stuck to the rules a lot more closely than the plant-eaters, although the genus Baryonyx is often depicted as being partially quadrupedal.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 5, 2000

What dinosaur is the most popular?
from Briana B., age 10, Marksville, LA, U.S.A.; May 5, 2000

Check the polls, Briana, its T. rex by far. Which one are you voting for? In the past, I've put in votes for Megalosaurus, Spinosaurus, Titanosaurus, the entire Therizinosauriodea, Leaelynasaurua, Shunosaurus, Amphicoelias... I know, I'm bad.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 5, 2000

from Megan W, age 12, DEVILLE, LA, U.S.A.; May 5, 2000

What dinosaur cannot fight?
from Kayla B., age 12, Marksville, Louisiana, United States; May 5, 2000

Its really weird that you asked the exact same thing, Megan and Kayla. Is there some sort of contest going on right now? Oh well, I'll still offer my help. Just look at some dinosaurs and see if they had weapons or not. Of the dinosaurs, I'd say the small ornithopods were poor fighters, they probanly ran from danger. Here are some of their names- Hypsilophodon Leallynasaura Lesothosaurus Thescelosaurus
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 5, 2000

hey i am dong an epic dinosaur poem. anybody have any interesting facts or drawings by young kids taht i could use. i am willing to buy some. from you. thanks henry
from henry, age 22, los angeles, ca, usa; May 4, 2000

Sounds cool, Henry. I just finished writing a book of dinosaur poems for my English project. It didn't have to be about dinosaurs, I just wanted mine that way. I'd give you my art for free, but I have no scanner so unfortunately I can't send them to you. Sorry.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 5, 2000

Remember the little fossil I wrote about yesterday? I showed it to my science teacher this morning, and he agreed with my interpretation of this fossil as a possible snail. He also looked over it further and suggested the possibility that it may have been a baby ammonite instead- cool! I didn't know baby ammonites had shells, but I leaned today that they did. Its possible ammonite relationships are based on a ridge along the middle of the specimen, but it is not a certain identification. Cool, anyway.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 4, 2000

Dinosaurs did not live millions of years a go, and if they did we wouldn't know what they looked like probably. Evolution isn't true either.
from Timothy G., age 5, Swannanoa, NC, USA; May 4, 2000

Wow, Timothy, those are some pretty daring claims that might not go over too well here. Saying that dinosaurs did not exist is not a very good way to make friends, especially on a dinosaur site. But I have to admit, you have really good spelling and typing skills for a 5 year old. How did you reach your conclusions? I'd rethink it if I were you. Dinosaurs are proven to have lived millions of years ago, and although we will never know exactly we can get a pretty good idea of what they looked like by studying fossils. Recent work by John Horner had revealed some really good examples of evolution in duckbilled and horned dinosaurs too.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 4, 2000

I need very good informashun
from Mike M., age 14, colodo city, United states; May 4, 2000

On what, Mike? It would be quite impossible to list all of the good inormation known on dinosaurs here, you must be more specific before we can help you. If it is really urgent, just take the link back to and try looking there.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 4, 2000

Thank you for your reply that you gave us we realy pareshiated it we would like to keep in touch with you sometime another day you realy know a lot about dinosaurs don,t you we would like to no more about dinosaurs.We would like it to be sent by tommow if got such a cool name DOOD!!!!!!
from Jack Matthew and Ernest, age 9.9.8., Cornwall, England and ireland, uk; May 4, 2000

Hi, Jack, Matthew and Ernest. Was that message for me? I try to reply to all of the messages posted here. If you have anyhthing dinosaurish that you want to discuss, jst post it here and I'll write back.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 4, 2000

my friends are having an agrument....if you could answere the question that would end our argument....Did dinosaurs jump?...yes or a no...if yes could you give a species...thanks..
from ed s, age 15, dartmouth, ma, usa; May 3, 2000

Cool, Ed! You got your friends to discuss dinosaurs with you! Some dinosaurs were jumpers, others weren't. Deinonychus was obviously capable of jumping (onto its prey) unless you can tell me how else it was supposed to use its cool sickle claw. But the really heavy dinosaurs, like Apatosaurus, would have broken their legs if they jumped on them. So there's really no arguement, dinosaurs are pretty varied.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 3, 2000

i like dinosaurs they are really cool.
from chloe, age 7, melb, ?, aust; May 3, 2000

I feel exactly the same way, Chloe.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 3, 2000

When you show pictures why don't you show real pictures of them?
from brandon, age 8, mobile, al., U.S.A.; May 3, 2000

I don't know, Brandon. The art of Zoomdinosaurs is pretty crude, but I have no idea why. Some of the dinosaurs are terribly disproportionate, and others just look bad. It would be nice to see some real photos of dinosaur fossil material on this site, and some more realistic art.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 3, 2000

My Dad just gave me a very unusual fossil. We have found many fossils in our Cretaceous marine rocks, but this is a first. It looks a lot like a partial shell of what may be a sea snail. It is three dimensional, and unlike anything else is not locked into a giant slab of rock, I can hold this one in my hand while I'm typing. My science teacher knows a lot about rocks and fossils, and I will take it to him for a better identification. We now have crinoid stalks, small bivalve shells, one larger bivalve shell (according ot my teacher, but I feel that it is closer to brachiopods), sponges, and now a possible snail. Now where are those mosasaurs hiding?
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 3, 2000

I did'nt know that dinosaurs were extinct for over about 65 million years ago. But thanks to WWW.ZoomSchool.Com/Subjects/dinosaurs I know it now. Thanks ZoomSchool.Com Thanks!
from ANDY E., age 10, Brooklyn, NewYork, United States of America; May 3, 2000

I'm glad you liked it, Andy.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 3, 2000

Why did dinosaurs become extinct?
from Kayti J., age 11, Throop, Pa, U.S.; May 3, 2000

I don't like to think about it much, Kayti, but I'll try to help. Many of the larger dinosaur books have at least a chapter on extinction, but I am older than you and a lot of it can be rather complicated. But if you're a strong reader, go for it. Try DINOSAUR! by David Norman, DINOSAUR LIVES, by John R. Horner and Edwin Dobb, THE RIDDLE OF THE DINOSAUR, by John Noble Wilford, THE DINOSAUR HERESIES, by Robert T. Bakker, and T. REX AND THE CRATER OF DOOM by Walter Alvarez for lots of information and opinions on the subject. T. REX AND THE CRATER OF DOOM, by the way, is entirely about extinction and was written by the founder of the famous asteroid theory. My advice is to find out about as many different theories as you can, and then make your own descision. If you have your own ideas about dinosaur extinction, Dino Talk is the place to share theories with the world! I hope to hear from you again soon.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 3, 2000

What dinosaur is the strongest
from Ernest, age 8, Cornwall, Ireland, uk; May 3, 2000

Hi,Ernest! Which dinosaur is strongest? As interesting as that would be to know, I really have no clue. A giant sauropod would have the greatest muscle mass, I assume, and it would be needed simply to lift legs that weighed hundreds of pounds. Ceratopians were very heavily muscled though, with extremely thick leg muscles for charging at opponents. Anklysaurs had good tail-swinging muscles, and T. rex's arms were surprisingly powerful. The best place to ask these kinds of questions is probably the questions & answers section of There may have been tests to answer your question, and I'll keep reading and report anything that may interest you on this topic. If we can't find anything, then I guess that can be your first discovery as a future paleontologist.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 3, 2000

I think dinosaurs are cool I think some should be alive now. My favourite dinosaur is a t rex we both agree.Why should people think they should be extinct.Everyone wants to know. from Jessica and Nikita.
from Jessica W Nikita P, age 9, Truro, Truro, England; May 3, 2000

Interesting points, Jessica and Nikita. Having live dinosaurs would be great. We would know their colour, temperature, lifespans, and the functions of thier crests and horns. The only reason people object to such a cool thing is fear. A lot of pople believe that if tyrannosaurs, allosaurs, and velociraptors were still alive, they would eliminate our species. This is ridiculus. There are many dangerous animals today, but they tend to stay away from inhabited areas if they can. If anything, I believe that we would eliminate the dinosaus, or at least make them endangered. Dinosaurs needed huge territory to browse and hunt, and human interference would be inevitable. Human hunting and habitat destruction could make the dinosaurs extinct all over again.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 3, 2000

I think dinosaurs are really cool. My farvoite dinosaur is the Allosaur.I just did a report on him yesterday.It was really cool.I got a 95 on it because I worked really hard.
from Samantha M., age 13, Bronx, N.Y, Bronx; May 2, 2000

You are really lucky to get to do dinsaur reports at school, Samantha. I did one on the Brachiosaurus in grade 2, when I fist began to like dinosaurs. I wish I still had it. I do remember including some extrememly outdated information, even for the time. Congratulations on your great mark.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 2, 2000

How do you know how old the dinosaurs really are? Do you just guess? or is there a test they give the fossils?
from Jilli S, age 8, Grants Pass, OR, USA; May 1, 2000

There's a test, Jilli. I'm not sure exactly what it is, though. It has to do with the decay or transformation of radioactive elements within the rocks the fossils are found in.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 2, 2000

why did people never meet dinosaurs.
from Michael a, age 8, c.t, ?, u.s.a.; May 1, 2000

Good question, Michael. The reason that dinosaurs and humans never met is pretty simple. Dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, but modern people have only occupied this earth for a few hundred thousand years. Dinosaurs and human beings didn't meet because they never existed on the planet at the same time. Of course, if you consider modern birds dinosaurs, you've probably met lots of them, and even eaten them for dinner!
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 1, 2000

It must have been when the planet had Dinosaur's that the planet had to be all vegitation cause most of the dinosaur's were plant eaters. YES or NO
from Josh W, age 11, MB, SC, USA; April 30, 2000

I'd have to say no, Josh. Most of the world is covered in water today, and the Mesozoic world would have been the same. Oceans were great habitats for icthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs, but not dinosaurs. The land would have been reasonably well covered in plants, but not entirely. There were desert environments too, and some open plains. Dinosaurian plant-eaters traveled great distances to find new food resources, then travelled back when the plants in an area had regrown. It was a very destructive way of life, but it worked for millions of years.
from Brad, age 13, Woodville, ON, Canada; May 1, 2000

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