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Questions from early Jan. 2001
Please check the
Top Sixteen Dinosaur Questions
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What does the word dinosaur mean?
What does saurus mean?,
What does deinos mean?

What color were the dinosaurs?

How (and when) did the dinosaurs go extinct?
How many dinosaurs were there?
What was the biggest dinosaur? What was the smallest dinosaur? Which dinosaur was the largest meat-eater? Were there more plant-eaters or meat-eaters?
How many teeth did T. rex have (and how big were they)? What is the oldest dinosaur ever found? What was the first dinosaur ever found?
Did birds evolve from the dinosaurs?

Were there any flying dinosaurs?

Were there any swimming dinosaurs?
How do you know what the enemies of a dinosaur were? What kind of habitats did the dinosaurs live in?

I enjoy hearing from visitors. You can send your questions and I'll answer them as soon as possible. Thank you for writing! (Due to the large volume of questions coming in, I can't answer them all. I'll try to answer as many as I can, as soon as I can. J. Col, Washington, USA)

Don't forget to scroll down to find the answer to your question - they're in reverse order by the date they were asked.

Q: What is a phytosaurus?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 17, 2001

A: Phytosaurus (meaning "plant lizards") was an extinct aquatic reptiles (not a dinosaur, but an early thecodont, a phytosaur) that resembled a crocodile but had nostrils near the eyes. Phytosaurus was not that closely related to crocodiles. This quadrupedal, armored carnivore (meat-eater) had many sharp teeth in a long snout, short legs and a long tail, and lived during the late Triassic period about 220 million years ago. It was up to 16 feet (5 m) long. Phytosaurus us known from fragmentary fossilized tooth sockets in a lower jaw (which were mistaken early on for teeth). Phytosaurus was named by Jaeger in 1828.

Q: how did the allosaurus defend itself?
from addie, san angelo, texas, u.s.a; January 17, 2001

A: Big teeth and claws. For more information on Allosaurus, click here.

Q: Were dinosaurs teeth replaced after they were lost or damaged?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 17, 2001

A: Yes. For more information on dinosaur teeth, click here.

Q: Where and when was the first dinosaur skeleton found in North America?
from leah M, Greensboro, NC, USA; January 16, 2001

A: Click here and scroll down to the section on the USA.

Q: Do you know the DNA strand of the Anchisaurus?
from Bryce N, Dexter, Iowa, USA; January 16, 2001

A: No one knows the DNA sequences of nay dinosaurs.

Q: What is the definition of Jurassic Era?
from Lance T, Washington, MO, United States; January 16, 2001

A: The Jurassic Period was a geologic time period that lasted from 206 million until 144 million years ago. It was during the middle of the Mesozoic Era. For more information on the Jurassic, click here.

Q: What t-rex eat?
from Ash B., Westminster, ca, ca; January 16, 2001

A: T. rex was a meat-eater who ate other dinosaurs, like Triceratops. For more information on T. rex's diet, click here.

Q: how many years did the dinosaurs roem the earth?
from danielle g., mainville, ohio, u.s.a.; January 16, 2001

A: Dinosaurs lived for about 165 million years, from about 230 million years ago until 65 million years ago (during the Mesozoic Era).

Q: How many fossils have been found in North America.
from Samantha B., Port St. Luice, F. L., U. S. A.; January 16, 2001

A: For a page of the dinosaurs found in North Amercia, click here.

Q: What is the tallest dinosaur
from v.a., ?, ?, ?; January 16, 2001

A: Brachiosaurus may have been the tallest.

Q: what type of plants were in the jurassic period
from kevin g, la, ca, ?; January 15, 2001

A: Click here for a page of Jurassic period plants.

from jt, Arcata, CA, US; January 15, 2001

A: There was a major extinction, called the K-T extinction, the Cretaceous period ended and the Tertiary period began.

Q: i need information on the 3 horn dinasaur
from steve l, elkview, wv, us; January 15, 2001

A: For information on Triceratops, click here.

Q: I'm doing a report for school, and need to know where i can find museums that have dinosaur exhibits.....please help me find this information, i need it A.S.A.P. Thank you
from Bryanna G., Danville, P.A., USA; January 15, 2001

A: Click here.

Q: Were can I find stuf on King Jr.?(I know it's silly but I'm desprit!)
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 15, 2001

A: Click here for a series of pages of Martin Luter King, Jr.

Q: what animal starts with the leeter "n" that is big
from luis G., dallas, texas, usa; January 15, 2001

A: For a lot of animals that start with "N", click here.

Q: THe Hadrosaurus is more commonly known as what dinosaur?
from Tiffany S., Fultondale, alabama, united states; January 15, 2001

A: The duck-billed dinosaurs. For information on duck-bills/hadrosaurs, click here.

Q: What happened to the ultrasauros
from tf, Calyton, NM, United states; January 14, 2001

A: Ultrasauros is a dubious genus; it is thought that its fossils are probably bits of a huge Brachiosaurus (the enormous shoulder bone) and a Supersaurus (the vertebrae).

Q: is there a site that has enough information on the spinosaurus, to research for a book report. also looking for a picture of this dinosaur.
from james p, mansfield, ohio, united states; January 14, 2001

A: For a page on Spinosaurus, click here. There are links on that page to more in-depth information on related topics (like when it lived, etc.).

Q: what swimming neighbors did the dinosaurs have?
from mikey3000, ?, ?, ?; January 14, 2001

A: The plesiosaurs, mosasaurs, ichthyosaurs, and nothosaurs were swimming reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs (the Mesozoic Era).

Q: what flying neighbor did the dinosaurs have
from michael, ?, ?, ?; January 14, 2001

A: The pterosaurs.

from min p., new york, new york, usa; January 14, 2001

A: Triceratops evolved from earlier ceratopsians. Some of the earlier known ceratopsians include Psittacosaurus and Ceratops.

Q: I have a few questions, please answer those of what you can. How did the Dinosaurs live?(Food, surival techniques ect..)How did they die?(What are the different theories)What are the steps of the dinosaurs to become fossils?
from SV, ALB., NM, ?; January 14, 2001

A: For dinosaurs diets, click here. For dinosaur defenses, click here. For dinosaur offensive techniques, click here. For dinosaur reproduction, click here. For extinction theories, see the frequently-asked questions above. For how fossils form, click here.

Q: I need information about the following dinosaurs: parkosaurus, megaraptor, and pleurocoelus. Thank you!
from Daniel Z., Asuncion, ?, Paraguay; January 14, 2001

A: For Megaraptor, click here. For Parkosaurus, click here. For Pleurocoelus, click here.

Q: What was the 3rd dino found?
from J.S., ?, ?, U.S.A.; January 14, 2001

A: The first three dinosaurs that were scientifically described were: Megalosaurus, Iguanodon, and Hylaeosaurus. For a page on the earliest dinosaur discoveries, click here.

Q: Where does a tyrannosaourus Rex live ?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 14, 2001

A: T. rex fossils have been found in the western USA and in Mongolia. For more information on T. rex, click here.

Q: I relly want to do an ativaty or something about Velociraptor do you have any?(PLES ANSER QUICK BEFOR I DIE OF BORDEM!)
from Jamie S., Lowy city, MO, USA; January 13, 2001


Q: can you give me all the inrformation on parasaurolophs dinosaurs? Were doing a research project on parasaurolophs.Especailly theories for extinction for parasaurolophus,and meaning of its name.
from allison, lowell, AR, u.s.a; January 13, 2001

A: For information on Parasaurolophus, click here.

Q: Wich dino do you think is the smartest?
from Jamie S., Lowy city, MO, USA; January 13, 2001

A: The troodontids had the largest brain to mass ration (EQ). For more information on dinosaur intelligence, click here.

Q: I have to do a report on hadrosaurs and what sounds they used to communicate and how they made these sounds. Can you help me?
from cole t, roanoke, va, usa; January 13, 2001

A: For information on Parasaurolophus, click here may have made deep, trombone-like sounds using its hollow crest. For information on Parasaurolophus, click here.

Q: where in the world can you find the komoto dragon?
from rachael c, melbourne, victoria, australia; January 13, 2001

A: Oddly enough, on the island of Komodo and nearby islands (in Indonesia). For more information on Komodo dragons, click here.


A: For a page on how fossils form, click here. They become underground as sediment (like soil, sand, or mud) cover them over time.

Q: Does the Euoplocephalus lay eggs?
from Jackie S, Hazard, Kentucky, ?; January 12, 2001

A: Probably (but none have been found yet). For information on Euoplocephalus, click here.

Q: When did flowering plants first appear?
from Catherine, ?, ?, US; January 12, 2001

A: The first flowering plants appeared about 140 million years ago, during the late Jurassic period (until recently, it was thought they evolved during the early Cretaceous period, but new fossils have pushed this date back a bit).

from JUSTIN T, CARROLLTON, KENTUCKY, ?; January 12, 2001

A: The continents were arranged a bit differently during the late Cretaceous period (when T. rex lived) than they are now. T. rex fossils have been found in the western USA and in Mongolia (what was then the continent of Laurasia). For more information on T. rex, click here.

Q: who found the first dinosuar bones
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 12, 2001

A: William Buckland was the frist person to describe a dinosaur scientifically, but other dinosaur fossils must have been found earlier. For a page on the earliest dinosaur discoveries, click here.

Q: How large is the giganotosaurs
from TU L, Wypming, MI, ?; January 11, 2001

A: Giganotosaurus was about 47 feet long. For more information on Giganotosaurus, click here.

Q: What does the word sauros mean?
from Renea H., Revenna, Ohio, USA; January 12, 2001

A: Lizard

Q: Where can I find a Stygimoloch graph?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 12, 2001

A: What information are you looking for on this graph?

Q: Where can I find lots of articles on Stegasurus
from Nkki R, Mt.Sugarlake, Maryland, United States of america; January 12, 2001

A: For a page on Stegosaurus, click here.

Q: Were the flying reptiles the only flying dinosaurs to live?
from Mark P., Appleton, Wisconsin, United States of America; January 12, 2001

A: During the time of the dinosaurs, there were flying reptiles called pterosaurs. They were not dinosarus, but were closely related to them. They were also the only flying reptiles.

Q: What kind of plant life lived in the Jurassic time period?
from Colby F., Bluffton, Beaufort County, U.S.A.; January 12, 2001

A: Click here for a page on Jurassic period plants.

Q: Where were fossils of a stegosauras found? How much did they weigh and how long and how tall were they?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 11, 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. Stegosaurus was up to 26-30 feet long (8-9 m), about 9 feet tall (2.75 m), and weighed about 6,800 pounds (3100 kg) For more information on Stegosaurus, click here.

Q: How do you pronunce Iguandon?
from kc, Greeley, colorado, us; January 11, 2001

A: It's pronounced ig-WAN-oh-don.

Q: My seven-year old daughter should do a project on the PROCERATOPS. I have looked everywhere and the most I got under this name was a referral to CERATOPS, which is a specie, not a particular dinosaur. Were there such a thing as a proceratop or is it another name for ceratop? Is the term "ceratop" same as "ceratopsian?" Please help, I am at a dead end. Thank youl.
from Julian O., Miami, FL, United States; January 11, 2001

A: No, they're different. For a page on Protoceratops, click here.

Q: how can you tell what dinosaurs have had to eat
from sarah d, london, ?, cumbria; January 11, 2001

A: Two ways are to examine their coprolites (fossilzied feces) and to examine fossils in the vicinity of their stomach (for example, Baryonyx had fish scales within it, and Compsognathus' stomach area contained a small lizard called Bavarisaurus). For a page on dinosuar diets, click here.

Q: What are some ideas for a shoe box project on dinosaurs for second grade.
from Megan S., Easley, SC, USA; January 11, 2001

A: You can make a dinosaur diorama. For instructions, click here.

Q: What plant life lived during the cretaceous period?
from michael, lake Mary, ?, ?; January 11, 2001

A: Click here for a page on Cretaceous period plants.

Q: What animals live or lived in Lake Erie? Also, when did the dinosaurs die?
from Mrs. Pron's Class, Blue Bell, PA, USA; January 11, 2001

A: The last of the dinosaurs died out about 65 million years ago, during the K-T extinction.

Lake Erie is home to many fish and other animals, including bass, bowfin, trout, carp, lake herring, lake sturgeon, whiteifsh, muskellunge, northern pike, smelt, Walleye (yellow pike), salmon, etc.

Q: what dinosaurs and what type of dinosaurs lived during the creatatous period?
from michael, lake mary, ?, ?; January 11, 2001

A: A lot of dinosaurs lived during the Cretaceous period, including T. rex and Triceratops. For a list of early Cretaceous dinosuars, click here. For a list of middle Cretaceous dinosuars, click here. For a list of late Cretaceous dinosuars, click here.

Q: How many bones did the T-Rex have?
from Annie, Appleton, WI, USA; January 11, 2001

A: About 200. For a T. rex skeleton, click here.

Q: how the dinosaur's sceletons look like?
from nev, varna, ?, bg; January 11, 2001

A: There are many types of dinosaurs and their skeletons all looked different from each other. Below is a T. rex, a Stegosaurus, a Brachiosaurus, and a Triceratops. For larger images of the skeletons, click on an image.

Stegosaurus Skeleton

Brachiosaurus skeleton


A: There are some dinosaur tail print fossils, but din general, dinosaurs probably did not drag their tails.

Q: What does the word "sauropod" mean?
from Reese, Wakefield, V.A, ?; January 11, 2001

A: Sauropod means "lizard foot." For information on sauropods, click here.

Q: how long did the jurassic period last on the geologic time scale?
from linda p., monterey, california, usa; January 10, 2001

A: The Jurassic Period lasted from 206-144 million years ago.

Q: I need to find the name of an animal that starts with the letter X
from Julie S, Swisher, Iowa, USA; January 10, 2001

A: The bird xenops, and the dinosaurs Xenotarsosaurus, Xiaosaurus, Xuanhanosaurus, Xuanhuasaurus.

Q: Who discovered the first Smilodon fossil?
from Kerrianne C, Greeley, Co., usa; January 10, 2001

A: I'm not sure who found the first Smilodon fossil, but the German paleontologist Plieninger named it in 1846. For more information on Smilodon, click here.

Q: VELOCIRAPTOR: Where do they sleep and for how many hours a day?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 10, 2001

A: No one knows. For information on Velociraptor, click here.

Q: Why are there only a few triassic dinosaurs? I asked that because, when I go to look it up I can't find them.
from Ryan S., Wadsworth, OH, USA; January 10, 2001

A: Dinosaurs evolved during the middle to late Triassic period (roughly 230 million years ago). For a page of Triassic dinosuars, click here. At first, dinosaurs weren't all that common. They were most numerous during the late Cretaceous period.

Q: i want to know what caused dinasaur extinction?...was it something that came from earth..please answer back
from jayq, bronx, ny, ?; January 10, 2001

A: See the frequently asked questions above.

from GERI E., LONGMONT, CO, I DONT NO; January 10, 2001

A: Not necessarily.

Q: which dinosaur could eat the most in a day?
from tommy two, winnipeg, manitoba, canada; January 10, 2001

A: No one knows with any certainty, but the enormous sauropods (like Argentinosaurus and Brachiosaurus) probably ate huge amounts of food each day.

from LASHAWNA S, REX, GEORGIA, USA; January 10, 2001

A: It probably depended on the predator and the prey. T. rex had teeth capable of crushing bone (crushed Triceratops frill has been found in fossilized T. rex feces, for example). Some predatory dinosaurs didn't have such robust teeth, and could not crush bones.

Q: We have conflicting information about bird hipped and lizard hipped dinosaurs. We want to know which walked on two legs and which dinosaurs were plant/meat eaters.
from Miss D's class, Appleton, WI, ?; January 10, 2001

A: The bird-hipped dinosaurs (also called ornithischians) were plant-eaters. Some walked on two legs (like Lambeosaurus and Hypsilophodon) and some walked on 4 legs (like Triceratops and Stegosaurus).

The lizard-hipped dinosaurs (also called saurischians) included both meat-eaters (theropods like T. rex and Velociraptor) and plant-eaters (sauropods like Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus). The theropods walked on two legs and the sauropods walked on 4.

Q: is there such thing as a Herrerasourus
from David H, elsobrante, california, united states; January 10, 2001

A: Yes, Herrerasaurus was a very early dinosaur that was found in South America. For more information on Herrerasaurus, click here

Q: what family does the Diplodocus come from
from no, no, no, no; January 10, 2001

A: Diplodocus was a member of the Family Diplodocidae (the family of long-necked, whip-tailed, peg-toothed sauropods, which included Apatosaurus, Amargasaurus, Seismosaurus, Supersaurus, and others)For more information on Diplodocus, click here.

Q: how tall was trex
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 10, 2001

A: Tyrannosaurus rex was up to 40 feet (12.4 m) long, about 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6 m) tall. For more information on T. rex, click here.

Q: When did Brachiosaurus became extinct.
from Linnea.G., Cumberland, Wisconsin, U.S.A.; January 10, 2001

A: Brachiosaurus went extinct roughly 156-145 million years ago. For more information on Brachiosaurus, click here.

Q: How does the enviroment effect thebody tempature of a cold blooded dinosaurs?
from Martie A., Tupelo, Mississippi, USA; January 9, 2001

A: Cold blooded animals (poikilotherms) have a body temperature that changes with external conditions. They get sluggish in cold weather as their body temperature drops, and can overheat in very hot weather.

Q: What did the triceratops probably eat?
from Alex p., Union, New jersey, USA; January 9, 2001

A: Triceratops was an herbivore, a plant eater (a primary consumer). It probably ate cycads, palms, and other low-lying plants with its tough beak. Triceratops could chew well with its cheek teeth (like other Ceratopsians, but unlike most other dinosaurs). For more information on Triceratops, click here.

Q: How do scientists use pollen found in the bones of dinosaurs to know what the environment was like back then?
from Mariana I, Vizcaya, Pais Vasco, Spain; January 9, 2001

A: Pollen is the male reproductive cells of flowering plants and cone-bearing plants. The pollen found near a fossil tells you what type of plant(s) lived during the time that dinosaur lived.

Q: what period were the first insecta and vascular plant found
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 9, 2001

A: The first insects and vascular plants appeared during the Silurian Period (roughly 438 to 408 million years ago).

Q: What is the order suborder and family of the Avimimus dinosaur
from Guzzie ray C., Antioch, California, America; January 8, 2001

A: Avimimus belongs to the order Saurischia, suborder Theropoda and family Avimimidae . For information on Avimimus, click here.

Q: How tall was stegoceras?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 8, 2001

A: Stegoceras grew to be about 7 feet long (2.1 m) and 4 feet tall (1.2 m). For information on Stegoceras, click here.

Q: Where was the Albertosaurus found?
from Amber S, Greeley, Co, United States Of America; January 8, 2001

A: Albertosaurus fossils have been found in Alberta, Canada and in the western USA. For more information on Albertosaurus, click here.

Q: How big was Teratosaurus?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 8, 2001

A: Teratosaurus was about 20 ft (6 m) long. For a Teratosaurus printout, click here.

Q: what kind of dinosours lived in the precambrian era?
from mike k., kanas city, kanas, usa; January 8, 2001

A: None. The Pre-cambrian period lasted from 540 to 500 million years ago, and dinosaurs did not evolve until about 230 million years ago (during the Triassic period).

Q: Could you please give me some information on the dinosaur called the Anomoepus ?
from Maureen, NY, NY, United States; January 8, 2001

A: Anomoepus is a dinosaur known only from its fossilized tail prints; these prints are only a few inches long. This ichnogenus lived during the Triassic period. Anomoepus was named by E. B. Hitchcock in 1848. Fossils have been found in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, USA.

Q: Who named the triceratops?Did triceratops have a long,whip- like tail? When did they become extinict?
from Christina Farrell, ?, AZ, USA; January 8, 2001

A: Triceratops was named by Othniel Marsh. It did ont have a whip-like tail - it had a relatively short, stiff tail. For more information on Triceratops, click here.

Q: what is the first year that the dinosaurs walked the earth?
from Kari L., Knoxville, Iowa, USA; January 7, 2001

A: The earliest-known dinosaurs lived 230 million yeaars ago.

from CHELSEA G., GREELEY, C.O., ?; January 7, 2001

A: Sorry, I don't have a picture of one (and can't find any online).

Q: I need to know where Struthiomimus Dinosaurs live?
from Cole K, Tacoma, WA, US; January 7, 2001

A: Struthiomimus fossils ahve been found in Alberta, Canada and New Jersey, USA. For more information on Struthiomimus, click here.

Q: what is the scientific name for cocoa
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 7, 2001

A: Theobroma cocao is the scientific name (genus and species).

Q: what would be like if the dinosaurs didnt die off? would they still have died off but lived longer? where would they be living if they didnt die off? how would we get along with them? can you give any kind of information on this subject.
from RS, Bethlehem, PA, USA; January 7, 2001

A: I have no idea, but people do not like living with huge animals (the big meat-eaters tend to eat people and the enormous plant-eaters trample farm lands, causing huge problems for people).

Q: What kind of defense mechanisms or adaptaions did Iguanodons have to protect themselves from predators? What dinosaurs were the Iguanodons predators?
from Olivia, boise, Idaho, US; January 7, 2001

A: They had a spiked thumb claw (but many paeontologists think that these spikes may have been mostly used to obtain roots to eat). Otherwise, Iguanodon were pretty much defenseless. For more information on Iguanodon, click here.

Q: Is there really a dinosaur named Raptor.
from Westy M., Altoona, P.A, Blair; May 9, 2000

A: No, but people have used raptor as a nickname for the dromaeosaurids (or deinonychosaurs, depending on the classification scheme used). These sickle-clawed, advanced theropods included Deinonychus, Velociraptor, Utahraptor, Pyroraptor, Variraptor, etc.

Q: Did T-Rex eat the dinosuours after or before they where ded?
from Samantha R, Altooa, P.A., blare; May 9, 2000

A: Probably both. For more information on T. rex, click here.

Q: how do allosaurus defend themselves from enemies
from sahil p, marietta, georgia, united states; January 7, 2001

A: They used their large, sharp teeth and claws. For more information on Allosaurus, click here.

Q: Where abouts did the pterodactyl live?
from Nate L., Eagan, Minnesota, America; January 7, 2001

A: Pterodactylus fossils have been found in France, England, Germany, and Tanzania (Africa). For more information on Pterodactylus, click here.

Q: Can I have a picture of what a Long Neck looked like?
from Jerrica F, Kennewick, Washington, Bentin; January 7, 2001

A: Click here.

Q: What edvidence would show dinosars cared for their young?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 6, 2001

A: When fossilized nests, eggs, hatchlings, and adults (of the same species) are found together, it indicates that the adults probably cared for the young. This type of fossil bed has been found for Maiasaura.

Q: What dinosaurs or other prehistoric creatures have been discovered in the state of New York
from rodger H, Saranac Lake, NY, usa; January 6, 2001

A: No fossilized dinosaur bones have been found in New York, but some Coelophysis (a small meat-eating dinosaurs) trackways were found in southeastern New York. Many fossils of marine life have been found in New York, including Eurypterus remipes (the sea scorpion), New York's state fossil.

Q: What were the earliest primitive dinosaurs of the triassic period and the ones that survived what are the names as they developed in the Jurassic period.
from Julien Berndt, los angeles, california, los angeles; January 6, 2001

A: The earliest-known dinosaurs so far are a couple of (as yet unnamed) prosauropods recently found in Madagascar (an island off the southeast coast of Africa). The prosauropods continued to develop; later prosauropods included Plateosaurus, Massospondylus, Riojasaurus, etc. (Whether or not these later prosauropods were direct ancestors of the Madagascar prosauropods is unknown).

Q: tell me about the velosoraptur
from Lucas M, Birmingham, Handsworth, England; January 6, 2001

A: For a page on Velociraptor, click here.

Q: could i have a picture of a bagaceratops?
from cherry g, tralee, co.kerry, ireland; January 5, 2001

A: For a page on Bagaceratops, click here.

Q: what do dinosours eat?
from autumn, wilmette, il, us; January 5, 2001

A: Most dinosaurs were plant eaters (herbivores). Some were meat eaters (carnivores), and a few are both plants and meat (omnivores). For more information on dinosaur diets, click here.

Q: what was the length of a stegosaurus?
from paul c, fall river, MA, USA; January 5, 2001

A: Stegosaurus was up to 26-30 feet long (8-9 m). For more information on Stegosaurus, click here.

Q: What are some facts about Brontosaurus??
from a.h., dillsboro, Indiana, USA; January 5, 2001

A: For information on Brontosaurus (now called Apatosaurus), click here.

Q: What kind of reptiles, mammels, and early men (i.e. Erectus, Habilis, and/or Neanderthal Man) lived during the Creatacous period along with the dinosaurs?
from Aimee B., Reed City, Michigan, U.S.A; January 5, 2001

A: No people lived during the Cretaceous period (the last period of the Mesozoic Era) - people evoved almost 65 million years after the Cretaceous ended). During the Cretaceous period, the mammals were relatively small placental mammals had just evolved. There were many, many reptiles during the Cretaceous, including the dinosaurs, plesiosaurs, pterosaurs, mosasaurs, ichthyosaurs, toothed birds, crocodilians, and others.

Q: What is the name of the supercontinent that existed when the dinos did?
from Sammi R, Grantsburg, Wisconsin, US; January 5, 2001

A: Pangaea.

Q: how many bones does a triceratops have.
from Rosemarie O, SF, CA, usa; January 4, 2001

A: Roughly 200. For information on Triceratops, click here.

Q: although considered a modern disease, traces of this were found in dinosaur bones. what is the disease that they are talking about?
from Ashley, Castle Rock, CO, USA; January 4, 2001

A: Gout has been found in some T. rex bones, For more information T. rex's bout with gout, click here.

Q: what is the name of the smallest flying dinosour?
from chad a., lambertville, michigan, u.s; January 4, 2001

A: There were no flying dinosaurs, but the pterosaurs were flying reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. The smallest pterosaurs were anurognathids (like Anurognathus [but it maybe a juvenile] and Batrachognathus) that were had a wing span of roughly 20 inches.

Q: What is the name of the largest specimen of tyrannosaur unearthed.
from Justin.C, Wichita, Kansas, North America; January 4, 2001

A: There's a new T. rex that has been nicknamed imperator (but this is NOT an official name) and is it rumored to be about 15% bigger than other T. rex (but no information on it has been published by Rigby, so this is all uncertain). Sue (at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL) is the biggest otherwise.

Q: what did the brontasaurus eat
from fetz f., lebanon, pa, united states; January 4, 2001

A: Brontosaurus (now called Apatosaurus) was a plant-eater. Apatosaurs' main food was probably conifers, which were the dominant plant when this large sauropod lived.

Q: What is the therory for extinction in the Triassic period
from A, ?, ?, ?; January 4, 2001

A: The Triassic period ended with a mass extinction about 208-213 million years ago. No one is certain what caused this late Triassic extinction; possibilities include global cooling (from volcanic eruptions) or an asteroid impact. A 210 million-year-old meteor cratersurrounding Manicouagan Reservoir, Quebec, Canada, may be the remains of the culprit.

from INGRID N, CLIFTON, N'J, U.S.A; January 4, 2001

A: Yes, Sauroposeidon was a long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur.

Q: Can you tell me about how dinosaurs took care og their young? Thank you!
from Jim T., Rockaway, Nj, USA; January 4, 2001

A: Some dinosaurs, like Maiasaura, cared for their eggs and young, but for most dinosaurs, it isn't known whether or not they cared for their young.

Q: Are Komoto Dragons the oldest animals on earth and are there really only 3,000 left on earth????
from Amelia B., Ewing, Va, USA; January 4, 2001

A: Komodo dragons are not the oldest animal on Earth, but they are the biggest lizard and they are in danger of extinction. For information on Komodo dragons, click here.

Q: When did hthe cro-magnan man first roam the earth
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 4, 2001

A: Cro-magnon man (an early early group of Homo sapiens) lived about 40,000 years ago in Europe.

Q: What animal is bigger than any dinosaur?
from Tommy D., Rome City, Indiana, United States; January 4, 2001

A: The blue whale.

Q: How long is the longest Dinosaur?
from Tommy D., and Steven, Rome City, Indiana, North America; January 4, 2001

A: About 130 feet long. For more information on the biggest dinosaurs, click here.

Q: Are the Mammoth and the sabre-tooth tiger dinosaurs?
from Aidan S., London, Blackheath, UK; January 3, 2001

A: No they were early mammals that lived during the last Ice Age (millions of years after the dinosaurs went extinct). For more information on mammoths, click here. For more information on saber-tooth cats (like Smilodon), click here.

Q: FOSSILS OF LYSTROSAURUS PROVIDE EVIDENCE FOR CONTINENTAL DRIFT.What is this organism and where have its fossils been found?
from cr, MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA; January 3, 2001

A: Lystrosaurus was a quadrupedal, mammal-like reptile (a dicynodont) found in Antarctica. For more information on Lystrosaurus, click here

Q: What is an extinct land reptile from the Mesozoic Era.
from Demi R., Cape Girardeau, Missouri, North America; January 3, 2001

A: The dinosaurs.

Q: Who coined the term "dinosaur"? In what year?
from Iris Q, Brooklyn, New York, United States; January 3, 2001

A: Richard Owen coined the term dinosaur in 1842. For more information, click here.

Q: Are dinosaurs warm blooded or cold blooded?
from Jessica Guillotte, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA; January 3, 2001

A: No one knows. For a page on what is known aout this topc, click here.

Q: i am doing a report for scholl and need to know everything about the Cacharodon megladon, or megladon shark. it is phehistoric, and i have the project due in 4 days!!!! please help, i need all the help i can get. urgent!!
from ashley e, miami, fl, usa; January 3, 2001

A: For a page on megalodon, click here.

Q: what kind of plants were there in the Jurassic Period?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 3, 2001

A: Click here for a page on Jurassic plants.

Q: Where did Mamenchisauruss live?
from Jessica Z, Sault Ste Marie, MI, USA; January 2, 2001

A: Mamenchisaurus fossilshave been foundin China. For more information on Mamenchisaurus, click here.

Q: what type of Dinosaur is the brachiosaurus?
from Ashley B, philadelphia, pa, usa; January 2, 2001

A: Brachiosaurus was a sauropod, a long-necked, long-tailed plant-eating dinosaur (and a saurischian - a lizard-hipped dinosaur).

Q: Where did the most of dinosaurs live?
from Valda U., Clifton, New Jersey, United States; January 2, 2001

A: They lived all over the world and on all continents (which were in a very different configuration during the Mesozoic Era). For pages that list where all the dinosaur fossils were found, click here.

Q: I have to give a report on blood pressure and about dinosaur blood pressure. is there anything you can tell me about this subject ?
from devan h, layton, utah, usa; January 2, 2001

A: Click here for a page on dinosaur blood pressure.

Q: what is nektos?
from LW, ?, ?, ?; January 2, 2001

A: Nektos is Greek for "swimming." Nektonic (derived from the word nektos) animals are those marine creatures that are able to swim against the current. Fish and whales, for example, are nektonic.

Q: What was the frist Dinosaur found.
from Pat C, Antigo, WI, United States; January 2, 2001

A: For information on the first dinosaur finds, click here.

Q: DID any Long necks lived in the Cretaceous Period????
from Daniel hale, Orlando, FL, U.NIDID STATS OF AMAREKAE; January 2, 2001

A: Yes, some were still around then, including Brachiosaurus (which lived until the early Cretaceous), Algoasaurus, Malawisaurus, Asiatosaurus, Ultrasaurus, Aegyptosaurus, Rebbachisaurus, Hisanohamasaurus, Microdontosaurus, Mongolosaurus, Segnosaurus, Aragosaurus, Macrurosaurus, Pleurocoelus, Neuquensaurus, Chiayusaurus, Megacervixosaurus , and others.

Q: What does a Brachiosaurus's digestive system look like?
from Mary F., Anchorage, Alaska, USa; January 2, 2001

A: No fossils of Brachiosaurus' internal organs have been found, so it is unknown. It may have had a crop-like organ that contained gastroliths (stones it swallowed to help grind up its tough food). For other information on Brachiosaurus, click here.

Q: Is there a such thing as a Long Neck because my cousin wants to know.
from Christopher d., Morrisville, Vermont, North America; January 1, 2001

A: Long-neck is the nickname for a long-necked sauropod dinosaur (which really did exist).

Q: what is the name of a scientist that studies animals
from Mike, Bayside, Ny, Us; January 1, 2001

A: A zoologist studies animals and a biologists studies living things. Paleontologists study ancient life (like dinosaurs)

Q: what was different about the Allosaurus?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; January 1, 2001

A: It's vertebrae (the bones in the backbone). For more information on Allosaurus, click here.

Q: what is the biggest size of amonite known to science?
from ammar k, amman, ?, Jordan; January 1, 2001

A: About 9 feet (3 m) across. For more information on ammonites, click here.

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