Some Interesting And Fun Dino Facts

1. Dinosaurs lived on Earth around 165 million years ago. They became extinct around 65 million years ago. Scientists believe that dinosaurs became extinct after an asteroid that hit the Earth. The impact of the asteroid would have significantly changed the Earth’s climate and vegetation. Unfortunately, the dinosaurs couldn’t adapt to the changes so they became extinct. However, this isn’t confirmed and some scientists still class it as a mystery!

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2. Dinosaur fossils have been found on all continents on Earth, including Antarctica! We know that dinosaurs lived on all continents because of this.

3. It was only 200 years ago that the first time a dinosaur fossil was unearthed by humans and officially named.

4. The first dinosaur was named by an English naturalist named William Buckland in 1824. It was called Megalosaurus. Even though it was the first time a dinosaur had been officially recognised, they were not known as dinosaurs until the 1840s.

5. The word ‘dinosaur comes from two Greek words: ‘dienos’ meaning terrible and ‘sauros’ meaning reptile. In 1842, British palaeontologist Richard Owen came up with the word.

6. The present day birds have evolved from the dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago!

7. There were more than 700 species of dinosaurs. Some of the dinosaurs were herbivores, while others were carnivores.

8. One of the biggest dinosaurs ever was the Argentinosaurus. Whereas, Tyrannosaurus Rex was one of the most ferocious dinosaurs ever.

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