Dinosaurs were one of those things you used to think were the coolest thing ever, possibly second only to Power Rangers, but that’s neither here nor there. Dinosaurs were an important part of your childhood. Whether that childhood involved playing with figurines or watching Jurassic Park over and over, you were surely obsessed with them. Even if you weren’t obsessed, you definitely must have thought they were at least a little cool. Even just a teeny weeny bit is enough to get sucked into these 25 unbelievable trivia about dinosaurs and the world they lived in.
But even if you never gave them much thought, we are here today to change your mind! By the time you are done with this list you will surely have learned something about those prehistoric beasts that once roamed this planet and were then wiped out by a massive meteor…or was it a plaque? There are a lot of misconceptions and myths about dinosaurs out there. For one, most of those dinosaurs that you see in Jurassic Park didn’t actually live in the Jurassic period! To really blow your mind…the T-Rex lived at a time period closer to us than to the Stegosaurus! These are 25 unbelievable trivia about dinosaurs and the world they lived in!
The smallest dinosaurs were the size of chickens and they ate insects (Albertonykus borealis)
If Earth's history was a shortened to one single day, life would have appeared at 4am, land plants at about 10:30pm, dinosaurs would go extinct at about 11:40pm, and humans would appear at roughly 1 minute before midnight
Most of the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park lived during the Cretaceous period (not the Jurassic)
The word "dinosaur" comes from old Greek and means "terrible lizard"
Nobody knows how long dinosaurs lived. According to scientists, some species may have lived for up to 200 years!
The largest dinosaur skulls were as long as a car
Most dinosaur species are known from just a single bone or tooth
In spite of the common belief that all dinosaurs were massive, most were actually no bigger than humans. Scientists just think that the bigger bones fossilized more easily
All dinosaurs species laid eggs
One of the earliest known dinosaurs is the Eoroptor, which means "dawn stealer". It was named this because it lived at the dawn of the dinosaur age
Although there are many explanation for the mass extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago, there is no unanimous conclusion among scientists as to what actually happened
Born in 1799, Mary Anning was a prodigious fossil hunter but was never taken serious because she was a woman
Most meat eating dinosaurs walked on two feet while most plant eaters walked on all fours.
The largest dinosaur eggs were as big as basketballs
Most dinosaurs were vegetarian and the biggest ones had to eat up to 1 ton of food every single day. That is about the equivalent of a school bus!
Although they are always seen together in movies, the Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus didn't live at the same time. By the time the Tyrannosaurus appeared, the Stegosaurus had been extinct for 80 million years. The crazy thing is that the time between us right now and the Tyrannosaurus is shorter than that!
The first potential dinosaur bones were found in China nearly 4,000 years ago. At that time, however, people thought the bones belonged to dragons
That’s not even the weirdest thing found in China.