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Dinosaurs! Matthew takes over the blog, roar!

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Over the summer Lego Ninjago was all that we talked about in our house. However, Matthew has now chosen a new passion: dinosaurs!

I know more about dinosaurs than many other women my age 🙂 so I thought I would give Matthew a chance to share some of his knowledge.
First of all an A to Z of dinosaurs:
Allosaurus, Baryonyx, Coelophysis, Dilophosaurus, Edmontonia, Fukuisaurus (I kid you not! be careful how you pronounce it!), Giganotosaurus, Hypsilophodon, Iguanodon, Jaxartosaurus, Kentrosaurus, Lambeosaurus, Muttaburrasaurus, Nothosaurus, Ornithomimus, Protoceratops, Quetzalcoatlus, Rhamphorhynchus, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Utahraptor, Velociraptor, Wuerhosaurus, X (sorry I don’t think there is one!), Yinlong, Zuniceratops.
This would be a good starting point for a car game: we play this all the time (girls names, boys names, food, illnesses, body bits are some of the other popular ones).

Some amazing facts for you: we are closer in time to T Rex (65 million years apart) than T Rex is to Stegosaurus (80 million years apart)!!!
Brontosaurus is argued about by scientists. First it was a dino. Then it was actually an apatosaurus. Recent research believes it did in fact exist as a separate dinosaur species to apatosaurus.
Dinosaurs have more DNA in common with modern birds than with modern reptiles.
Pteranodon was not a dinosaur. It was a flying reptile. Ichthyosaurus was not a dinosaur. It was a marine reptile.
OK so let’s finish up with a little quiz (answers at the bottom of the page (no cheating!)
  1. How many wings did the microraptor have? a) 2 b) 4 c) 6
  2. How many different types of dinosaur have been found in the UK?
  3. Which of these is not a real dinosaur? a) Dracorex hogwartsia b) Vegesaurus c) Irritator
  4. Some plant eaters had over 1000 teeth. True or false?
  5. What were the names of the continents during the Jurassic? Gondwana and… a) Chrisia b) Laurasia c) Anyana

Answers:

  1. Microraptor had 4 wings
  2. 25 types of dino in the UK.
  3. Vegesaurus is NOT real. Dracorex hogwartsia IS real but may turn out to be a young pachycephalosaurus.
  4. True! Some duck billed dinosaurs had up to 1400 teeth
  5. Laurasia (hugely excited that we almost share a name 🙂 )

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20 comments

  1. Jasmin N

    Oh my goodness I loved this post! Mostly because Pyry’s nickname over at the blog is Dino and I’m well, obsessed in dinosaurs. Well done Matthew 🙂

  2. Ahh this was really interesting! I must admit I don’t know much about dinosaurs at all but I am slowly learning thanks to my older two who have both learnt about them at school! x

  3. Seriously learnt a thing or two about dinosaurs from this post…I’m going to have to pass on some of these facts to my daughter! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xx

  4. Oh wow, your knowledge is incredible!! I didn’t know most of those facts! My children are really getting into dinosaurs-I’m also starting to find the whole topic fascinating too-I’ll have to start learning like you, to impress them with my knowledge…!
    #bigpinklink

  5. Wow as a massive Harry Potter fan I’m excited that Dracorex Hogwartsia is an actual name of a dinosaur!! Lots of cool facts here (as a teacher of five year olds – some who love dinosaurs – these facts will come in very useful!) Thanks for sharing #bigpinklink

  6. My cousin used to be obsessed with dinosaurs but I’m amazed I didnt know any of these! The only dinosaur in this house is George’s teddy from Peppa Pig but no doubt that will change in a few years!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. i hope to see you back tomorrow!!

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