25 Giant Facts You Might Not Know About Dinosaurs

It’s hard to find a person who is not fascinated by dinosaurs. After all, when you stop and think about how some of these extinct creatures looked and behaved, it can be an overwhelming thought trail. Some of these creatures were massive! Millions of years ago, however, and long before there were people on Earth, dinosaurs ruled the earth–a fact that might just explain some of these 25 Giant Facts You Might Not Know About Dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs were one of several kinds of prehistoric reptiles that lived during the Mesozoic Era, also known as the “Age of Reptiles.” Even though we still don’t know or can’t be certain about many things concerning dinosaurs (for example, paleontologists can only speculate how they behaved, how they mated, what color they were, or even whether a fossil belonged to a male or female dinosaur), we know for a fact there were lots of different kinds of dinosaurs that lived at various times. Some walked on two legs (they were bipedal), some walked on four (they were quadrupedal), some could do both, some were armor-plated, some had horns, crests, or spikes, and they have been a source of inspiration for writers, directors, and storytellers for more than a century. The details of their extinction (among other details about them) remain a mystery and paleontologists are furiously studying their remains to learn about their prehistoric world. Take a revealing look into our prehistoric past with these 25 Giant Facts You Might Not Know About Dinosaurs.

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Dinosaurs lived during a time of Earth’s history called the Mesozoic (“middle life”) Era. They lived during all three periods of this era (about 230 million to about sixty-five million years ago): the Triassic, Jurassic (yep, that’s where Spielberg got the name), and Cretaceous.

Mesozoic (“middle life”) EraSource: Giant Facts about Dinosaurs (Book), Image: commons.wikimedia.org
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Talking about Jurassic Park, Spielberg wanted so bad to deliver the most accurate ever film about dinosaurs, that he hired paleontologists who served as consultants during the film. Famed paleontologist Jack Horner was used during production to ensure the dinosaurs exhibited scientifically accurate behavior, and Robert T. Bakker—also a paleontologist—gave animators information about the dinosaur's physical characteristics.

Jurassic Park (film)Source: Giant Facts about Dinosaurs (Book), Image: Wikipedia

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The first dinosaurs that appeared during the Triassic Period 230 million years ago were small and lightweight. Bigger dinosaurs such as Brachiosaurus and Triceratops appeared during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

Triassic PeriodSource: Giant Facts about Dinosaurs (Book), Image: commons.wikimedia.org
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The first recorded description of a possible dinosaur bone discovery dates back to 3,500 years ago in China. At the time, people did not know about dinosaurs, so they thought their discovery, which was some dinosaur teeth, belonged to dragons.

Dinosaur bonesSource: Giant Facts about Dinosaurs (Book), Image: Wikipedia

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Dinosaurs lived on every continent there is, including Antarctica.

AntarcticaSource: Giant Facts about Dinosaurs (Book), Image: Wikipedia


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