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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?
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Questions from Jan. 2002:

Q: How are dinosaur footprints preserved?
from pam s., denver, colorado; February 2, 2002

A: Dinosaur footprints (and the footprints of other animals) are usually casts of the original print or the mold produced from the cast (which looks like the bottom of the animal's foot). One way a fossilized footprint can form is when an animal makes a footprint in mud (like on a river bank) and the mud then dries (or partly dries) before being filled in with another sediment (like soil or more mud). If the footprint is undisturbed, it may eventually fossilize, as the mud turns to rock over the millennia.

Q: what are the two major groups of dinosaurs
from marian g, clumbus, ohio,usa; January 29, 2002

A: Ornithischians and Saurischians.

Q: Which reptiles that first evolved in the period are the closest living relatives of dinosours? Thank you.
from Alan C., Ipoh, Malaysia; January 26, 2002

A: Thecodonts.

Q: What are interesting facts about the Utahrapor?
from kaitlyn k, ?, ?; January 26, 2002

A: For a page on Utahraptor, click here.

Q: What paleontologist's wife found an iguanadon thumbspike(back during the 1800's when people thought it was on it's nose)while in the middle of a road while it was being repaved?
from Andrew L., granby, connecticut, USA; January 19, 2002

A: It was Mary Mantell (the wife of Gideon A. Mantell). She is said to have found the first Iguanodon tooth in 1822; there is no substantiation to this story, however.

Q: were can i get information on tricaratops?
from Scott F., lawalaa, bc; January 17, 2002

A: Click here.

Q: did human bieng excist when dinasors did ?
from sher, manchester, nh; January 13, 2002

A: No, people dod not appear until millions of years after the dinosaurs went extinct. For a geologic timeline, click here.

Q: Where and when was the first dinosaur skeleton found in North America?
from Diane M, Middleburg, Florida, USA; January 12, 2002

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

Q: How high could Deinonychus jump? Could Utahraptor jump?
from Gianna, ?, ?, ?; January 9, 2002

A: I haven't read any studies that analyzed the jumping ability of dinosaurs, but it would certainly be interesting.

Q: why dont you have reg. info on dinos
from nikki g, roslyn heights, new york, usa; January 9, 2002

A: We have plenty of extraordinary information on dinosaurs, including fact sheets, information pages to color, and long information sheets; we don't settle for regular information.

Q: Allosaurus vs. T-rex (if they lived at the same time). What was the likely outcome...T-rex mostly win and Allosaurus could win, or what? Thanks!
from Gianna, ?, ?, ?; January 9, 2002

A: Given the size difference, I would bet on T. rex over Allosaurus.

Q: What does the Word Coprolite Come From?(language)
from Jp C., Edison, Nj, USA; January 8, 2002

A: Kopros means dung and lithikos means stone in Greek. For more information on coprolites, click here.

Q: Why were dinosaurs so big.
from Jason, ?, ?, ?; January 2, 2002

A: First of all, not all dinosaurs were huge. The smaller dinosaurs (like Compsognathus) were only the size of a house cat. No one knows why some dinosaurs got so huge, but they were obviously responding to the pressures of natural selection (like getting big to escape being eaten by large predators).

Q: I need to enough stuff to write a report on dimetrdon.
from Jaime P., Phoenix, AZ, America; January 2, 2002

A: For a page on Dimetrodon, click here. For a fact sheet on Dimetrodon, click here.

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