Dinosaur Discovery Mission

This half term we began our thrilling new topic ‘Before Man’ where you decided that you would like to find out all about … dinosaurs! You have discovered some marvellous facts including the different species of dinosaurs, what they ate and where they lived.

Try looking at these websites to find out further information:
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/kids-only/dinosaurs/
http://www.mantyweb.com/dinosaur/dinosaur_facts.htm

What weird and wonderful facts can you find? Post them in the blog for all to read! The strangest fact will win 1 tick for their hard work!

Good luck on your fact finding mission!
Miss Kirkham and Miss Smith.

63 thoughts on “Dinosaur Discovery Mission

  1. Dinousaurs could have some feathers and same scales on there back and they they eggs that are 45cm and there are lots of diffrent dinosaurs and the tyrannosaurous rex is a cornivore and i found out on planet dinousaurs this morning that tyrannosaurous rex have a carnivore tooth that look like a volcan flaming hao and dipldocuses live in the north amarica and some dinosaurs could live in the south amarica and dinosaurs died 65 million years ago and they were extinct and dinousaurs are gigantic reptiels and they could be acient reptiels too.

  2. My favourite dinosaurs are the spineasarus the gintorsarusis, t-rex, veloservaptor, camtorsarus, alloasarus, cretcrous, carnotasrus, acorsarus and manglooth, this dinosar is the king of the seas predator x because that dinosaur is cool.

  3. Dinosaur Facts

    The heaviest, the biggest, the smallest, the oldest… all the hottest dinosaur facts can be found here.

    The First Dinosaur to be Named

    The first dinosaur to be named was Megalosaurus. It was named in 1824 by Reverend William Buckland. Megalosaurus means ‘great lizard’ and it was about 9 metres long, and 3 metres tall.

    The First Dinosaur to be Discovered in America

    The first discovery of dinosaur remains in North America was made in 1854 by Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden during his exploration of the upper Missouri River. He discovered a small collection of teeth which were later described by Joseph Leidy in 1856 as belonging to Trachodon, Troodon, and Deinodon.

    The Longest Dinosaur

    The longest dinosaur was Seismosaurus, which measured over 40 metres, as long as five double-decker buses. It was related to diplodocus, which for a long time held the honour.

  4. DIPLODOCUS carnegii
    Diplodocus was one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. It was the longest land animal, but not the heaviest. It was a sauropod, a “lizard-hipped” dinosaur. Diplodocus carnegii was named after industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. This sauropod was the most famous dinosaur on the planet in the last century. There is a famous life-size replica of the Diplodocus nicknamed “Dippy” in front of the Carnegie Museum of National History (Pittsburgh, PA, USA). Diplodocus was a herbivore, it ate only plants; main food was probably conifers. It must have eaten an enormous amount of plants each day. It didn’t chew them, it swallowed leaves whole. It swallowed also stones (gastroliths), which it held in its stomach. They helped by digesting tough
    plant material. Diplodocus may have traveled in herds, migrating when the food supply was depleted. It probably bred from eggs, like other sauropods.
    It is thought, that the eggs were laid as the dinosaur was walking.
    This sauropod was a huge creature with an extremely long neck and a long, whip-like tail. Most of this herbivorous animals length was in the neck and tail. Diplodocus had an elongated snout with nostrils on top of the head and simple peg like teeth for stripping soft foliage. It had one of the smallest brains (the size of fist), its intelligence was among the lowest of the dinosaurs.
    The name Diplodocus means “double beam” and describes a special feature of the backbone. It had slender limbs and hind legs, longer than the front legs; it gave him access to both low and high growing plants. It was a quadrupedal, it moved slowly on four column-like legs. All legs had five-toed (like elephant); one toe on each foot had a thumb claw, probably for protection.

    TIME – 150MYA, Late Jurassic period.
    RANGE – USA Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.
    SIZE – Averaged 88ft (27m).
    WEIGHT – 11 US tons.

  5. Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs that ever lived. Everything about this ferocious predator, from its thick, heavy skull to its 4-foot-long (1.2-meter-long) jaw, was designed for maximum bone-crushing action.

    Fossil evidence shows that Tyrannosaurus was about 40 feet (12 meters) long and about 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6 meters) tall. Its strong thighs and long, powerful tail helped it move quickly, and its massive 5-foot-long (1.5-meter-long) skull could bore into prey.

    T. rex’s serrated, conical teeth were most likely used to pierce and grip flesh, which it then ripped away with its brawny neck muscles. Its two-fingered forearms could probably seize prey, but they were too short to reach its mouth.

    Scientists believe this powerful predator could eat up to 500 pounds (230 kilograms) of meat in one bite. Fossils of T. rex prey, including Triceratops and Edmontosaurus, suggest T. rex crushed and broke bones as it ate, and broken bones have been found in its dung.

    Tyrannosaurus rex lived in forested river valleys in North America during the late Cretaceous period. It became extinct about 65 million years ago in the Cretaceous-Tertiary mass extinction.

  6. Triceratops dinosaurs roamed throughout the Western part of North America from about 70 to 65 million years ago. The name triceratops literally means “Three horned face.” You can tell by looking at a picture of a triceratops dinosaur why the name fits so well. Triceratops dinosaurs had 2 large horns over their eyes and another smaller horn just above the nose which could be used as a defense against predators like Tyrannosaurus..
    Triceratops grew to be 30 feet long and could weigh as much as 10 tons. They were plant eating dinosaurs (herbivores) and could munch on very tough vegetation with their large and powerful jaws.
    The first fossil of a triceratops was found near Denver, Colorado in 1889. Since then fossils have been found in much of the Northwestern United States including Wyoming and Montana as well as parts of Southwest Canada. Most likely they moved around in herds seeking the best vegetation to support their huge appetites. Triceratops remains one of the most fascinating and popular dinosaurs ever discovered.

  7. All about a iguadon:Iguanodon is one of the most popular and most well known of all the dinosaurs. Living on the Earth for tens of millions of years, Iguanodon was also one of the most successful dinosaurs.
    Iguanodon was discovered in 1825, and named by Gideon Mantell.
    Mantell named the animail Iguanodon, which means iguana like teeth, because the fossils he found were teeth that looked like those of a modern day iguana. Mantell thought they probably belonged to a long extint lizard. At this time dinosaurs had still not been recognized.
    In 1878 while working in a coal mine, workers discovered an incredible set of fossils representing over 30 individual inguanadons.
    Iguanodon was a large planting dinosaur, who probably was able to run on both two legs as well as stoop down and run on all fours.
    The front of Iguanodon”s beak-like mouth was toothless.

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