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Q: What comes after extinction?
A: y-tinction, of course!
Q: What comes after Y-tinction?
A: Z-end!

Q: What do you call a dinosaur that smashes everything in its path?
A: Tyrannosaurus wrecks!

Q: What kind of dinosaur can you ride in a rodeo?
A: A Bronco-saurus!

Q: What was T. rex's favorite number?
A: Eight! (ate)

Q: Why are there old dinosaur bones in the museum?
A: Because they can't afford new ones!

Q: What do you get when you cross a dinosaur with fireworks?

Dinosaur FAQ 1

What does the word ‘dinosaur’ mean?
The word ‘dinosaur’ comes from two Greek words and means terrible lizard. In Greek, deinos means "terrible" and sauros is the word for "lizard".

What does the name Tyrannosaurus rex stands for?
The Greek and Latin combination Tyrannosaurus rex means "king of the tyrant lizards."

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Who coined the name ‘dinosaur’?
The British scientist Richard Owen came up with the name ‘dinosaur’ in 1842. Owen studied large fossils that looked like lizard bones, but were about the size of giant elephant bones. They were much too large to have come from any modern-day reptile. Owen speculated that they came from a separate group of ancient animals that had become extinct (or vanished) a long time ago.

How long could a dinosaur live?
Scientists do not know the exact lifespan of dinosaurs, but they estimate that they lived about 75 to 300 years.

Q: When can three giant dinosaurs get under an umbrella and not get wet?
A: When it's not raining!

Q: What's as big as a dinosaur but weighs nothing?
A: Her shadow!

Q: What do you get if you cross a pig with a dinosaur?
A: Jurassic Pork!

Q: How do you know if there's a dinosaur in your refrigerator?
A: Look for footprints in the pizza!

Q: What type of tool does a prehistoric reptile carpenter use?
A: A dino-saw!

Q: Why did the Apatosaurus devour the factory?
A: Because she was a plant eater!

Q: How much fur can you get from a dinosaur?
A: As fur as you can get!

The Biggest and the Smallest

The largest complete dinosaur we know of was Brachiosaurus ("arm lizard"); it reached 23 m in length and 12 m in height (about the length of two large school buses and the height of a four-story building). Fragmentary leg bones and vertebrae of even larger dinosaur species are known, but these skeletal remains are too incomplete to determine their exact size. Several of these (Argentinasaurus and Amphicoelias) might have been one and a half to two times larger than Brachiosaurus. The smallest dinosaurs were just slightly larger than a chicken; Compsognathus ("pretty jaw") was 1 m (3 ft) long and probably weighed about 2.5 kg (about 6.5 lb). These three dinosaur types all lived during the Jurassic Period.

Q: What kind of materials do dinosaurs use for the floor of their homes?
A: Rep Tiles

Q: How do you ask a dinosaur to lunch?
A: Tea Rex?

Q: Why didn't the T-rex skeleton attack the museum visitors?
A: Because she had no guts!

Q: Why did the dinosaur cross the road?
A: The chicken hadn't evolved yet!

Q: Which dinosaur slept all day?
A: The dino-snore!

Q: What do you call Tyrannosaurus rex when it wears a cowboy hat and boots?
A: Tyrannosaurus tex!

Q: What do you call a dinosaur who is elected to Congress?
A: Rep. Tile!

The Big Four
  Weight Length Height
Blue Whale 120 tons 25 m (80 ft) 5 m (17 ft)
Brachiosaurus 80 tons 23 m (77 ft) 12 m (40 ft)
Mammoth 9 tons 7 m (23 ft) 4.5 m (15 ft)
African Elephant 6 tons 6 m (20 ft) 3 m (10 feet)

Q: What family does Maiasaur belong to?
A: I don't think any families in our neighborhood have one!

Q: What do you call a dinosaur who is elected to Congress?
A: Rep. Tile!

Q: How would you feel if you saw a dinosaur in your backyard?
A: Very old!

Q: How do dinosaurs pass exams?
A: With extinction!

Q: What do you call a cowboy dinosaur?
A: Tyrannosaurus Tex!

Q: Why did the dinosaur cross the road?
A: Because chickens were not invented yet.

Q: Why did the dinosaur cross the road?
A: Because he wanted to go to the museum.

Dinosaur FAQ 2

How many types of dinosaurs are known?
Approximately 700 species have been named. However, a recent scientific review suggests that only about half of these are based on fairly complete specimens that can be shown to be unique and separate species. Recent estimates suggest that about 700 to 900 more dinosaur genera may remain to be discovered.

What did dinosaurs eat?
Some dinosaurs ate lizards, turtles, eggs, or early mammals. Some hunted other dinosaurs or scavenged dead animals. Most, however, ate plants (but not grass, which hadn't evolved yet). Although the exact time of origin for flowering plants is still uncertain, the last of the dinosaurs certainly had fruit available to eat.

Were there flying dinosaurs?
Flying reptiles were known as Pterosaurs. They were closely related to dinosaurs and lived at the same time (208 to 60 million years ago). Probably evolving from a reptile whose foreleg transformed into a wing. They flew by flapping their wings like today's birds and were not gliding. The flapping was necessary in the early forms because their wings were too short. Later birds had much larger wings and developed into gliders. These later forms of prehistoric birds could glide for long distances. Many of the species of Pterosaurs had wing spans up to 40 foot (12 m) with the smallest having a 2 foot (0.6 m) span.

How fast could dinosaurs walk or run?
Walking-speed estimates for medium-sized bipedal (two-legged) dinosaurs vary from 4 kph to 6 kph, and peak running-speed estimates vary from 37 kph to 88 kph.

Why did some dinosaurs grow so big?
Paleontologists don't know for certain, but perhaps a large body size protected them from most predators, helped to regulate internal body temperature, or let them reach new sources of food (some probably browsed treetops, as giraffes do today). Paleontologists think that the dinosaurs' world was much different from the world today and that climate and food supplies must have been favorable for reaching great size.

Did people and dinosaurs live at the same time?
No! After the dinosaurs died out, nearly 65 million years passed before people appeared on Earth.

Q: What kind of rock wasn't around during the age of dinosaurs?
A: Rock & Roll.

Q: What's the difference between dinosaurs and dragons?
A: Dinosaurs are still too young too smoke.

Q: What is a dinosaur that does rap?
A. A rap-tor.

Q: How do you clone a dinosaur?
A: Use a Photocopysaurus.

Q: What do you call a dinosaur's milkshake?
A: A dinoshake!

Q: What did the egg say to the dinosaur?
A: You're egg-stinct.

Q: What do dinosaurs say when they bump into each other?
A: Small world, isn’t it?

Why did dinosaurs become extinct?

Q: What comes after extinction?
A: y-tinction, of course!
Q: What comes after Y-tinction?
A: Z-end!

The fact that dinosaurs became extinct might suggest they had some "Achilles' heel" which led to their downfall. But it seems it was just bad luck and they weren't alone. At the end of the Cretaceous period all the dinosaur families, together with marine reptiles, and as well as about 75 percent of all other species on earth became extinct.

There are numerous theories for this great extinction, but at present only three are taken seriously:

1. Fossil evidence shows that there was a gradual decline in the abundance and variety of dinosaurs during the last 10 million years of the Cretaceous period. This may have been because the climate became much cooler and drier.

2. In India, huge volcanic eruptions unleashed enormous quantities of lava, volcanic ash and poisonous gas which would have caused widespread climatic change.

3. At about the same time a large asteroid struck the Earth forming a 240 kilometer crater in what is now the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This impact would have caused - among other disasters - several extremely cold months or years because of dust in the atmosphere. This theory was proposed in 1980 by physicist Luis Alvarez and his son Walter Alvarez, a geologist.

To learn more about dinosaurs and why they went extinct click
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Q: Who started the dinosaur jokes?
A: That’s what the dinosaurs would like to know.

Q: What do you get when a dinosaur walks through the strawberry patch?
A: Strawberry jam!

Q: Where was the dinosaur when the sun went down?
A: In the dark!

Q: What did the dinosaur say when he saw the volcano explode?
A: What a lava-ly day!

Q: What was the most flexible dinosaur?
A: Tyrannosaurus Flex!

Q: What was the wordiest dinosaur that ever existed?
A: Thesaurus!

Q: Why didn't the T-rex skeleton attack the museum visitors?
A: Because she had no guts!

Talking to a group of primary school teachers about geology, and how to introduce it to the young, the inevitable discussion on dinosaurs...all kids are fascinated about dinosaurs.
So I asked the teachers, if so many kids were interested in dinosaurs, why wouldn't be there more geologists...
The answer...most kids grow up!

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