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Questions from Early June 2001
Please check the
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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?

Q: what was the first dinosaur discovered?
from Edmond W., West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; June 14, 2001

A: For a page on the first dinosaur discoveries, click here.

Q: what is the name of the large triangular bony structures that grew from stegosaurus back?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; June 14, 2001

A: Plates grew on Stegosaurus' back.

Q: How does the blood get to the Brachiosaurus' head?
from Taylor W, R., Manitoba, Canada; June 14, 2001

A: BrachiosaurusBrachiosaurus and some of the other large sauropods (the huge long-necked plant-eaters) needed to have large, powerful hearts and very high blood pressure in order to pump blood up the long neck to the head and brain. The head (and brain) of Brachiosaurus was held high (many meters) above its heart. This presents a problem in blood-flow engineering. In order to pump enough oxygenated blood to the head to operate Brachiosaurus' brain (even its tiny sauropod brain) would require a large, powerful heart, tremendously high blood pressure, and wide, muscular blood vessels with many valves (to prevent the back-flow of blood). Brachiosaurus' blood pressure was probably over 400 mm Mercury, three or four times as high as ours.

Q: was apatosaurus smart compared to most other dinosaus
from kelly ramos, ?, ?, ?; June 14, 2001

A: Apatosaurus was a sauropod, a type of plant-eating dinosaur that was not particularly intelligent when compared to other dinosaurs.


Q: Where did the alamosaurus live, what did it eat,and how did he defend from others?
from Jessica, El Paso, Texas, ?; June 13, 2001

A: Alamosaurus lived in what is now Texas, It was a huge plant-eater whose main defense was its size (its tail may have also helped in defense).

Q: where can i find out about dinosors different textures
from samantha k, ?, ?, ?; June 13, 2001

A: For information on dinosaur skin, click here.

Q: WHAT did Apatosaurus have in its stomach to help it grind up food?
from STEPHANIE, paterson, NEW JERSEY, U.S.A; June 12, 2001

A: Apatosaurus swallowed leaves and other vegetation whole, without chewing them, and had gastroliths (stomach stones) in its stomach to help digest this tough plant material.

Q: have apatosaurus footprints ever been found?
from jaQUAN, paterson, newjersey, u.s.a.; June 12, 2001

A: Huge sauropod footprints have been found, but determining which genus of sauropod dinosaur made which footprint is almost impossible.

Q: I have read that velociraptor was 3 ft. tall. But I also have read in a different book that it was 6 ft. tall. Which one is acurate?
from Max S., Newburyport, Mass., USA; June 11, 2001

A: Velociraptor was about 6 feet long and about 3 feet tall.

Q: Have dinosaurs remains ever been found in Ireland, or have there ever been any here in the first place
from David, Leitrim, Leitrim, Ireland; June 11, 2001

A: None have been found - for a list of dinosaurs found in Europe (country by country), click here.

Q: Are Anatotitan and Anatosaurus the same dinosaur?
from Max S., Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States; June 11, 2001

A: No, but both Anatotitan and Anatosaurus were duck-billed dinosaurs.

Q: How could we find out more information about Wooly Mamoth?
from Jessica R., Venice, Florida, United States; June 10, 2001

A: Click here.

Q: Are chickens a type of dinosaur?
from Al A., Houston, Texas, USA; June 8, 2001

A: Yes. In cladistics (a type of classification based on evolutionary relationships), you belong to the clade (the organizational group of cladistics) that your ancestors belonged to. Since dinosaurs are (probably) the ancestors of birds, birds (even chickens) are dinosaurs.

Q: Could you please tell me about Troodontids and Velociraptors
Thank you

from Dustin C, Texhoma, Ok, Okalhoma, U.S.A.; June 8, 2001

A: Troodontids were fast-running, intelligent theropods (meat-eating dinosaurs) with large eyes and many sharp teeth in long jaws. Troodon was a genus of Troodontid. For information on Troodon, click here. For information on Velociraptor, click here.

Q: Could the dinosaur Baryonyx be considered a segnosaur, as scientists have not named it to a dinosaur group. Baryonyx seems similar to the segnosaurs, because it had large thumb claws used to catch fish. This is a feature in both Baryonyx and the segnosaurs.
from Matthew H, M., Utah, USA; June 8, 2001

A: Baryonyx is classified as a spinosaur because of its crocodile-like conical teeth and long jaws. Baryonyx's jaws, teeth, hip structure, and many other characteristics are completely unlike those of Segnosaurus (which is classified as a therizinosaur).

Q: I have found some inacurit information in your dinosaur wed site. A veloceraptor dose not stand 3 feet tall it stands 5-6 feet tall so if you would pleas chang that it would be gratly appreciated.
from ?, lancaster, Ohio, U.S.A; June 8, 2001

A: No, Velociraptor was about 6 feet long from the snout to the end of the tail, but was not nearly that tall (even though it pictured that big in the Jurassic Park movie).

Q: What are sciencetists who study fossils called?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; June 8, 2001

A: They're called paleontologists.

Q: Dear Mister, or Mis, Could you please tell me all you know about Carnotaurus. I appreciate it. Thank you, Dustin
from Dustin C, Texhoma, Ok, Okalhama, U.S.A.; June 7, 2001

A: For a page on Carnotaurus, click here.

Q: What dinosaur was discovered and said to have feathers, but was later proven to be a fraud?
from Lisa M., San Bernardino, CA, USA; June 7, 2001

A: Archaeoraptor

Q: where does mary anning live and why might she not become a fossilist if she didnt live there?
from juliette r, london, stains, england; June 7, 2001

A: Mary Anning lived on the southern coast of England, in Lyme Regis. If she had lived in an area without fossils, she would have probably not have found fossils (she began collecting local fossils as a girl).

Q: what two major classes of dinosours were there in the mesozoic era?
from melanie c., amherst, n.s., canada; June 7, 2001

A: The dinosaurs are divided by hip structure into Saurischians and Ornithischians.

Q: What Is the diffrence between a TYRANNOSAURUS REX and a TYRANNOSAURUS(if any.)
from Fatimah, Philadephia, Pennslyvania, America; June 6, 2001

A: Tyrannosaurus is the name of a genus of meat-eating dinosaurs that includes many species, including the species Tyrannosaurus rex (also called T. rex)

Q: what are three different dinosaurs found in massachusetts by charles marsh and edward cope?
from Jackie L, Needham, MA, usa; June 6, 2001

A: Anchisaurus was found in Massachusetts by Marsh (named in 1885). Other Massachusetts dinosaurs include Podokesaurus (named by Talbot in 1911) and fossilized dinosaur footprints (found by Edward Hitchock). I haven't heard of any other dinosaurs found in Massachusetts.

Q: What was the latest discovery?
from Melissa R., Scott A.F.B., Illinois, United States; June 5, 2001

A: The latest famous discovery is the second-largest sauropod found yet. Paralititan (meaning "tidal Titan") was a huge titanosaurid sauropod that lived during the middle Cretaceous period, about 100 million years ago. This plant-eating dinosaur lad a long neck, small head, bulky body, and long tail. It was about 78-100 ft long (24-30 m long) and weighed perhaps 70 tonnes. Fossils were found in Bahariya Oasis, Egypt. Paralititan was named by Joshua B. Smith, Lamanna, Lacovara, Dodson, Smith, Poole, Giegengack and Attia in 2001. The type species is P. stromeri (2001, named to honor Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach, a German paleontologist and geologist who found dinosaurs in this area in the early 1900's).

Q: how do most extincitons occur?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; June 5, 2001

A: Most extinctions are background extinctions, extinctions that do not occur during a mass extinction, but occur relatively constantly throughout time. They are caused by a lack of adaptation as things like competitors, food sources, weather, niches, symbionts, etc. change.

Q: did the carcharodontosaurus care for its young?
from Billy N., bethesda, MD, USA; June 5, 2001

A: This isn't known (there is no fossil evidence that indicates this). For information on Carcharodontosaurus, click here.

Q: May i have a ton of info on the komoto dragon?
from Chris s., Poway, San Deigo, U.S.A; June 4, 2001

A: Click here for a page on komodo dragons.

Q: What kind of plants were around during the Creatacious period of time?
from jacob m, Irvine, Ca, USA; June 4, 2001

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

Q: Where can I find information about Killer Whales?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; June 4, 2001

A: Click here.

Q: Can I get information about the African Elephant?
from Nicole E., Farmington, Michigan, USA; June 4, 2001

A: Click here.

Q: Was the dinosor Saltopus a herbivour or a carnivour
from Hannah T, Portland, Vic, Australia; June 4, 2001

A: Saltopus was a carnivore (a meat-eater).

Q: How does metabolism and respiration differ between the shrew and the elephant? Thanx
from Hayley B, County Somerset, ?, Britian; June 4, 2001

A: The shrew has a miuch faster metabolism and respiration rate than the elephant does.

Q: Where can I find information about the siberian tiger?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; June 4, 2001

A: Click here.

Q: What were the dates that the glyptodont was on earth
from ?, ?, ?, ?; June 3, 2001

A: Glyptodon lived during the Pleistocene, between about 2 million and 15,000 years ago.

Q: How long did the tertiary period last?
from tiffany O., Irvine, California, United States of America; June 3, 2001

A: The tertiary period lasted from about 65 to 1.8 million years ago.

Q: did birds evolve from dinosaurs
from Caitlin D, Ottawa, ontario, canada; June 3, 2001

A: Yes, they probably did.

Q: Which state has had the most dinosaur bones discovered in?
from Clark J., Collinsville, MS, USA; June 3, 2001

A: I doubt that anyone has ever counted the number of fossilized dinosaur bones found per state (I certainly haven't). The greatest number of dinosaur genera have been found in Montana. For dinosaur finds listed state by state, click here.

Q: Whats the difference between a teradactile and a pteradon?
from Kaitlin J, richmond, virginia, united states; June 2, 2001

A: Pteranodon and Pterodactylus were both genera of Pterosaurs (flying reptiles that lived during the time of the dinosaurs). Pteranodon was much bigger, had a head crest, and lived millions of years later than Pterodactylus.

Q: are dinasaurs warm blooded or cold blooded? and with what evidence or proof?
from kim b, port angeles, wa, usa; June 2, 2001

A: Click here.

Q: What structures are used to classify birds?
from marie r, cloumbus, ohio, usa; June 1, 2001

A: The classification of birds has been changing radically recently - it is being revamped using DNA anayses.

Q: How much does a troodon Weigh,Hight,What it ate
from Malika C., Queens, New York, USA; June 1, 2001

A: For information on Troodon, click here.

Q: how long ago did dinosors die
from kodys, yerka, californa, usa; June 1, 2001

A: The remaining dinosaurs died at the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago.

Q: What is the second largest dinosaur?
from Cassie, New Jersey, New Jersy, USA; June 1, 2001

A: It's a new dinosaur called Paralatitan, recently found in Egypt.

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