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What does the word dinosaur mean?
What does saurus mean?,
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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?
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Questions from Early Sept. 2001:

Q: i am doing a fossils projectand can you help me with this question please
what can scientists learn from fossils? on a map label where fossils have been found in Australia and what they were of? thankyou

from martin f, melbourne, victora, Australia; September 15, 2001

A: Much of what is known about dinosaurs (and other long-extinct organisms) is discovered by studying fossils. For a list of fossils found in Australia and where they were found, click here (you'll have to draw your own map). Fossils are made of rock-like minerals, like silicates and calcium. For a page on how fossils form, click here.

Q: what was the first Dinosaur named ?
from lucy, stamford, ct, usa; September 25, 2001

A: For more information on the earliest dinosaurs, click here.

Q: how many types of fossils are there?
from nick, stamford, ho, ?; September 25, 2001

A: I'm not sure what you mean by "type." Millions and millions of fossils have been found.

Q: what is the name given to scientists that study fossils
from martin f, melbourne, victora, australia; September 15, 2001

A: Paleontologists study ancient life, generally by examining fossils.

Q: Where did the Chasmosaurus live?
from Samantha I., el dorado hills, california, U.S.; September 14, 2001

A: Chasmosaurus fossils have been found in Alberta, Canada and Texas, USA. For a page on Chasmosaurus, click here.


A: Many dinosaurs probably lived in that area, but paleontology research in Iran is not going on due to the political situation there. I don't know about alligator fights.

Q: When did dinosaurs exist?
from DW, KSA, ?, RIYADH; September 14, 2001

A: Dinosaurs appeared during the Triassic period (about 230 million years ago) and the last of the dinosaurs went extinct during the late Cretaceous period (about 65 million years ago during the K-T extinction).

Dinosaur timeline

Q: Could you please give me some infomation on dinosaures which are carinnvores and which are herbivores
from TOBZ S, York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND; September 13, 2001

A: Click here.

Q: Where do these dinosaurs live-Atlascopoosaurus, Timimus, Rapator?
from Sate G, Newcastle, NSW, Australia; September 12, 2001

A: Atlascopcosaurus, Timimus, and Rapator have been found in Australia.

Q: dolphins were not alive with dinos ,right.
from fffff odvcdf, hhgdgf, fdfesz, rdhtrd; September 11, 2001

A: Right. Mammals evolved about the same time that dinosaurs appeared (during the Triassic period, about 230 million years ago). The mammals that lived during the time of the dinosaurs were tiny, primitive mammals that looked a bit like mice.

Q: Who discovered the T-rex?
from Laura D., Mason, Ohio, North America; September 11, 2001

A: T. rex was discovered by Barnum Brown in 1902. For more information on T. rex, click here.

Q: did cavemen hunt dinosaurs
from jordan s, renfrew, strathclyde, scotland; September 10, 2001

A: The dinosaurs went extinct about 65 million years before people evolved, so cavemen never saw dinosaurs. Cavemen did hunt animals like saber-tooth tigers and woolly mammoths.

Q: what kinds of dinosaurs names begin with S
from kass p, mongomery county, pa, usa; September 10, 2001

A: Click here for dinosaur names that start with an "S."

Q: Did dinasours lived in North Carolina?
from haleigh a., jacksonville, nc, us; September 10, 2001

A: A HREF="/subjects/dinosaurs/glossary/indexh.shtml#Hypsibema">Hypsibema, Lophorhothon, and Zatomus have been found in North Carolina.

Q: I recently purchased an inflatable globe with information regarding many dinosaurs. On it was a reference to the Gretaceoys Period. Is this an error? I cannot find anything about it.
from ANDREW C, MACON, GEORGIA, USA; September 10, 2001

A: The Cretaceous period was a period of geologic time during which many of the dinosaurs lived (including T. rex and Triceratops). The Cretaceous period lasted from 144 million years ago until 65 million years ago.

Q: if dinos did'nt become extinct, what wud they be today?
from Ian c., dallas, texas, usa; September 8, 2001

A: Some meat-eating dinosaurs probably evolved into the birds.

Q: how many dinosaurs have been discovered
from victor, calgary, alberta, canada; September 8, 2001

A: About a thousand genera of dinosaurs have been discovered so far.

Q: I want some information about dinosaur in simple words?
from najeeba munaf, karachi, sindh, pakistan; September 8, 2001

A: Click here.

Q: What happened to Tsintaosaurus's unicorn-like crest it was supposed to have?
from Steve K., Louisville, OH, U.S.A.; September 8, 2001

A: Tsintaosaurus' crest may be an artifact of the fossilization process or the nasal bone bone upturned, but no one knows with any certainty.

Q: what is the largest animal that ever lived?
from nick h., bronx, new york, usa; September 8, 2001

A: The blue whale.

Q: what kind of food does the dimetrodon eat?
from ?, ?, ?, ?; September 8, 2001

A: Dinoetrodon was a meat-eater (a carnivore). It probably ate other pelycosaurs (its close relatives), insects, and other animals. For more information on Dimetrodon, click here.

Q: What time frame did Meglodon disapear from the face of the earth and why?
from DAN R., COLTON, CA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; September 7, 2001

A: The exact time of its extinction is a much-debated topic. For more information on Megalodon, click here.

Q: My nephew has a project and needs the following question answered please: A)What sounds did Trex make?
B)Could TREX camouflage themselves - if so, how?
C)Was TREX active during day, night or both?
D)What time of year did TREX breed?
E)How many offspring did TREX produce each litter?
An answer ASAP would be appreciated as it is urgent. Thanks in advance. NB

from N.B., ?, ?, Australia; September 6, 2001

A: No one knows the answers to any of these questions.

Q: what animals begin with the letter u?
from Brenda D, Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA; September 6, 2001

A: Click here.

Q: Is the komodo dragon poisonous in any way ?
from chris f., tempe, az, usa; September 6, 2001

A: The Komodo Dragon has disease-ridden bacteria in its mouth. After it bites its prey, the victim will sicken and die from blood poisoning within a day or two. For more information on the Komodo dragon, click here.

Q: What is the meaning of Scaphonyx?
from Brooke D, Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia; September 6, 2001

A: Scaphonyx means "canoe claw."

Q: What does braciosarus mean? What does braciosarus look like? What does braciosarus eat and how does it get its food? How did it walk? How did it deend itself? What continnent does it live on?
from CaitlinClark, Warrton, Va., USA; September 6, 2001

A: For a page on Brachiosaurus with all this information, click here.

Q: Who was leallynasaura named after?
from Pierre.O, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom; September 6, 2001

A: Leaellynasaura was named after the daughter (Leaellyn) of the paleontologists who discovered it, Pat and Rich Vickers. For information on Leaellynasaura, click here.

Q: whats a archaepteryx and whys it important
from Jesssica w, manchester, ?, england; September 6, 2001

A: Archaeopteryx is important because is the oldest-known bird. For information on Archaeopteryx, click here.

Q: Why did mammals begin to evolve rapidly about the same time that the dinasours became exting?
from Leisa T, Paris, KY, United States; September 5, 2001

A: Dinosaurs, mammals and other new animal groups evolved during the Triassic period because of the Permian mass extinction, which immediately preceded the Triassic period. The Permian extinction was the biggest mass extinction that ever occured on Earth, wiping out most of the existing families of animals and plants on Earth. This natural disaster left many open niches for new types of life to evolve, and they did.

Q: Where and what was the first dinosaur skeleton found in North America
from Jon K., Velva, ND, USA; September 5, 2001

A: The first dinosaur fossil found in the US was a thigh bone found by Dr. Caspar Wistar, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, in 1787 (it has since been lost, but more fossils were later found in the area). For a page on the earliest dinosaur finds, click here.

Q: What is dinasaur dung called and what does it look like?
from Lin, Portland, Or., USA; September 5, 2001

A: Fossilized dung is called coprolite, and the appearance of coprolites varies (it depends on the surrounding soil and what minerals have replaced the original material).

Q: what are some of the australian dinosaurs?
from yj, sydney, nsw, australia; September 5, 2001

A: For a page of Australian dinosaurs, click here.

Q: What is the name of the dinasauer with the large crown or frill type things framing the back of the head like a fan?
from Conner, Meridian, Idaho, USA; September 4, 2001

A: In the Jurassic Park movies, the dinosaur Dilophosaurus is pictuered with a frill, but there is no evidence that it had one in real life (nor is there any evidence that it spat poison).

Q: Yo why dont you have a tyrannosaurus on yer sight? I know you have a T-rex but a tryrannosaurus and a T-rex are different dinosaurs ....T(tyrannosaurus)evolved into the most populare dino...the Tyrannosaurus-Rex.......also id like you to give me a link to the 3 year old that found a dino egg pls...tnx and l8rz. -itsamario-
from Rob.p., london, Ontario, Canada; September 4, 2001

A: T. rex stands for Tyrannosaurus rex. T. rex was one species of the genus Tyrannosaurus (and the type species for the genus). For a list of the species belonging to the genus Tyrannosaurus, click here. I don't know of a link to the 3-year-old that found a dino egg.

Q: "what carnivorous dinosaur is bigger than the T.Rex"
from alex e., cinncinate, ohio, united states of america; September 4, 2001

A: It isn't certainl what the exact average sizes are of most dinosaurs, but other huge meat-eating dinosaurs include Spinosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Bahariasaurus, and Giganotosaurus.

from IAN A, MAGALIA, CA., USA; September 3, 2001

A: Megalodon was a huge, ancient shark that lived in the seas. For a page on Megalodon, click here.

Q: what is a invertebrate
from ?, ?, ?, ?; September 3, 2001

A: An invertebrate is an animal without a backbone. For a page on invertebrates, click here.

Q: what is the brain size of a dinosaur?
from hayley.g, melbourne, ?, australia; September 3, 2001

A: It varied tremendously among the dinosaurs (remember that the dinosaurs varied in size from the size of a chicken to bigger than a house). For a page on dinosaur intelligence, click here.

Q: what is the name a 5 finegrd meat-eater
from grayson johnson, daltavel, usa, ?; September 3, 2001

A: Very primitive theropods (meat-eating dinosaurs) like Eoraptor, Staurikosaurus, Saltopus, and Frenguellisaurus had five-fingered hands.

Q: Do you have any information on Scaphonyx? I am doing a report on this dinosaur. Thank you.
from Brooke D, Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia; September 2, 2001

A: For information on the rhynchosaur Scaphonyx, click here.

Q: Which dinosaur in discovered 1994 is the tallest dinosaur ever found?
from Sierra, Dededo, Guam, guam; September 2, 2001

A: The tallest dinosaurs are:


from ?, ?, ?, ?; September 2, 2001

A: Dinosaurs appeared during the Triassic period (about 230 million years ago) and the last of the dinosaurs went extinct during the late Cretaceous period (about 65 million years ago during the K-T extinction).

Dinosaur timeline

Q: A description of what the environment was like during the period of the dinsaur?
from khurram.shahzad, sydney, NSW, Australia; September 2, 2001

A: It varied during the Mesozoic Era (when the dinosaurs lived). The Triassic period (the early part of the Mesozoic) was, for the most part, dry and desert-like. The Jurassic period (the middle part of the Mesozoic) was generally warmer and more tropical than it is now. The Cretaceous period varied.

Q: Is terodactyl a dinosaur and can it fly?
from margaret carlin, Belfast, ?, Northern Ireland; September 1, 2001

A: Pterodactyls were flying reptiles that were closely related to dinosaurs (but were not dinosaurs). For a page on pterodactyls, click here.

Q: Who were Deltadromeus's relatives?
from Steve K., Louisville, Ohio, U.S.A.; September 1, 2001

A: Deltadromeus was a coelurosaur (a fast-running advanced theropod) related to Ozraptor, Piveteausaurus, Bagaraatan, Beelemodon, etc.

Q: what is a megaraptor? did Utahraptors hunt in packs? Could utahraptors kill a adult male T-rex?
from Brandon M, coeburn, virginia, usa; September 1, 2001

A: For a page on Megaraptor, click here. Only one (incomplete) Utahraptor has been found, so it is unknown whether or not it hunted in packs. Utahraptor lived millions of years before T. rex evolved; they never met.

Q: are dinasours reptiles?
from vickie P., centerburg, oh, united states; September 1, 2001

A: Yes, For a information on reptiles, click here.

Q: What kind of dinosaurs lived in Alaska?
from Devon D, Springdale, Ohio, USA; September 1, 2001

A: So far, Albertosaurus, Ankylosaur (unknown genus), Edmontosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus, Saurornitholestes, Thescelosaurus, and Troödon have been found in Alaska. For a list of dinosaur finds listed state by state, click here.

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