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Q: How do you spell terrydactal correctly?
from candice n, Lloydminster, alberta, canada; December 30, 2001
A: Pterodactyl. For information on Pterodactylus, click here.
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A: For a page on the earliest dinosaurs finds, click here.
A: Like all other organisms, it had to eat, reproduce, and avoid predators, injury, and disease.
A sauropod was a type of plant-eating dinosaur that had a long neck, a long tail, a bulky body, and amall head. Some sauropods included Apatosaurus and Brachiosaurus. FOr more information on sauropods, click here.
A: No and no. For a page on Velociraptors, click here.
A: You could theoretically, but no one has found any Mesozoic Era mosquitos emcased in amber that contain dinosaur DNA. Also, many scientists are convinced that DNA would degrade substantially over 65 million years, making it useless for cloning.
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A: T. rex was up to about 40 feet (12.4 m) long and about 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6 m) tall.
A: T. rex is probably its most commonly-used name.
A: No one has because there is no intact dinosaur DNA to work with.
A: What exactly is the question?
A: Yes, dinosaurs had ears and could hear. They did not, however, have fleshy lobes on the outside of their body (like people do). Like modern-day reptiles, the external part of the ear is a simple hole on the side of the head.
A: Sorry, I've never heard of it and couldn't find it in a web search.
A: That was Dilophosaurus, but there is no fossil evidence that it spat anything ot had flaps on its head.
A: Dinosaurs evolved from earlier reptiles called thecodonts.
A nanosecond is a billionth of a second. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter.
A: Adult female whales are called cows.
A: It's an easily-dismantled dinosaur extinction theory which postulates that the late Cretaceous dinosaurs died of disease 65 million years ago. The major problem with this theory is that the dinosaurs weren't the only organisms to go extinct during the extinction. The KT extinction affected everything from marine organisms to land plants, and no known disease organisms can affect that many diffferent types of organisms.
A: Iguanodon went extinct about 125 million years ago, but it isn't known why. There was a minor mass extinction about 120 million years ago, and that may have caused Iguanodon to eventually go extinct. For information on Iguanodon, click here.
A: During what used to be called the Precambian period (3.9 billion to 540 million years ago), very early life forms existed, like blue-green algae, bacteria, colonial algae, and early sponges. The Precambian period is now sub-divided into many eons. For a chart of geologic time (listing major life forms), click here.
A: For dinosaur fossils found in Nova Scotia (and other Canadian provinces), click here.
A: The non-avian dinosaurs includes all the dinosaurs but not the birds. The term non-avian means "not birds."
A: Dinosaur fossils have been found on every continent.
A: No, that was a hypothetical creature - an advanced animal that evolved directly from a dinosaur.
A: Yes, they must have.
A: T. rex was a theropod. For a more complete classification of T. rex, click here.
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A: Velociraptor means "Speedy plunderer."
A: Click here for information on T. rex.
A: No one knows. It would depend upon many factors, including how much it needed to eat (which depends on its metabolism, which isn't known), how much prey was in the area, the climate in that area, other variables.
A: Tyrannosaurs ran on two legs. Their method of obtaining prey is unknown; they may have been predators and/or scavengers.
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A: Dinosaurs evolved into birds. The Komodo dragon is a type of lizard - it is not a dinosaur. Crocodiles have been around for over 200 million years (they evolved during the Triassic period).
Megaraptor means "lHuge Robber"."
A: Click here for a page on Pterodactylus.
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A: The triangular-shaped bony things on a Stegosaurus' back are called plates.
A: Yaverlandia, Euparkeria, Fabrosarus, Ticinosuchus, Ornithosuchus, Coelurus, Euoplocephalus, and Elasmosarus are all in our dinosaur dictionary.
A: If you mean clones, you need intact DNA to do cloning, and no complete dinosaur DNA has been found. Colonnades are a series of supporting columns in architecture. Come to think of it, sauropod femurs (thigh bones) would make a great colonnade, especially for the facade of a natural history museum.
A: The ankylosaurs (like Gargoyleosaurus and Polacanthus) were dinosaurs that had bonyplates covering most of their body. Some (the ankylosaurids, like Ankylosaurus and Euoplocephalus) also had tail clubs.
A: Brachiosaurus lived during the Jurassic Period, the middle portion of the Mesozoic Era. For information on Brachiosaurus, click here.
A: The four types of fossils are:
A: A lot of different dinosaurs lived in Australia. For a page on Australian dinosuars, click here.
A: Mammoths had longer tusks than mastodons, a wider head, a sloping back, flat, chewing teeth, a trunk with two finger-like projections, and were mostly taller. Mastodons evolved earlier and lasted longer in geologic time. For more on them, click here.
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