Facts You Never Knew About Dinosaurs

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Oh, the dinosaurs; you were only here for a short, 66 million years, yet you left us with so many questions. For instance… was your extinction caused by an asteroid? Many scientists do believe this theory and, unfortunately it is only that, a theory. But, hey, we’re here to give you some facts you never knew about dinosaurs, not a load of coprolite. (Read on for that one.)
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Little Known Dinosaur Facts

The chicken is the closest living modern relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
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Little Known Dinosaur Facts

The Spinosaurus was the largest of the carnivorous dinosaurs. They could grow to be nearly 60 feet long and weighed in at over 20 tons.
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One of the tinier dinosaurs was the Anchiornis ‭(‬Near Bird‭ or close to becoming one)‬, it was only about the size of a pigeon.
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The Argentinosaurus was the largest of the herbivorous dinosaurs (actually, she clocks in as the largest, overall, of the creatures of the time). Her weight was equal to that of 12 elephants, and nearly the same in length, trunk to tail, of said dozen.
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Much like birds, many of even the toughest carnivorous dinosaurs had hollow bones.
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The first set of dinosaur bones discovered (officially) were those of a Megalosuarus, found in England during the 17th century.
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The term “dinosaur” which translates to “terrible reptile,” wasn’t coined until 1842, by English paleontologist Sir Richard Owen.
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Based on the evidence gathered from bone research, scientists believe that some dinosaurs could have lived for up to 300 years.
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Aside from dug-up teeth and bones, we have learned a lot about the dinosaurs feeding habits from the other thing they left behind, their dung. Fossilized excrement is called coprolite, and is still being found in many “everyday” places like farms.
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The Stegosaurus, despite being nearly 30 feet in length and weighing up to 6,000 pounds, was not big in the brain department. This herbivore’s gray matter was roughly the size of a walnut.
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The Hadrosaurs were herbivorous dinosaurs with a mean bite. They ranged in size from 10 to 40 feet long. They had horny, toothless beaks with up to a thousand cheek teeth in the sides of their jaws.
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The fossil (called the Fighting Dinosaurs) found in Mongolia in 1971 appears to show a velociraptor and a protoceratops engaged in a true fight to the death when they were buried by a falling sand dune and immortalized in time.
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