Dragonflies are older than dinosaurs and used to have a wingspan of 2.5 feet abcnews.go.com/Technology…
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer had a development plan he wanted to keep secret, so the architect jokingly labelled the block of land as "dinosaur park". After newspapers worldwide reported that they were planning to clone dinosaurs, 500 scientists applied to be involved in the process traveller.com.au/clive-pa…
Saturn's rings are estimated to only be 10-100 million years old. Saturn likely did not have rings when the dinosaurs were alive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
The Sun is only 70 million years older than Earth. Dinosaurs lived 65 million years ago, but life started 3.5 billion years ago. On the time scale of life on earth the time between the Sun igniting and earth forming is quite small flexbooks.ck12.org/cbook/…
The Pterodactyl was not a dinosaur. The birds alive today are closer related to dinosaurs. osc.org/are-pterodactyls-…
The crater from the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was 93 miles wide and 12 miles deep. audubon.org/news/how-bird…
That, by the time dinosaurs roamed on Earth, our planet took 23 hours to rotate on its axis. space.com/amp/24871-does-…
Today I learned of an extinct prehistoric elephant species called Palaeoloxodon namadicus. Weighing up to 24 tons, it is the largest land mammal to have ever existed and is even heavier than any non-sauropod dinosaurs. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
Today I learned of Tyrannoraptora, a clade of dinosaur defined as containing "all descendants of the last common ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex and Passer domesticus (the house sparrow)". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr…
All modern birds can be considered dinosaurs. An alligator is not. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
The comet that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago was the equivalent to released as much energy as 100 trillion tons of TNT, more than a billion times more than the atom bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
It's not known why dinosaurs evolved feathers, because they couldn't fly at that point, but theories include insulation or decoration. theguardian.com/science/l…
Compared to mammals, herbivorous dinosaurs had a large amount of endemism and were often restricted to small areas instead of entire continents. For example, Corythosaurus and Centrosaurus were exclusively Albertan, and Alamosaurus was only found in the southern United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
The first dinosaur skeleton discovered in the US was in 1858 in Haddonfield, N.J. After excavations were complete the dig was ignored, became a dump, and was lost until 1984 when a local Boy Scout decided his community project to qualify for Eagle Scout would be rediscovering the original site. levins.com/marking.shtml
Dilophosaurus is one of the truly Jurassic dinosaurs in Jurassic park and actually smaller portrayed than in real life, however, the real counterpart does not spit venom nor look like a frilled lizard. nhm.ac.uk/discover/debunk…
The first official name given to a dinosaur fossil was "Scrotum humanum", because it looked like a ballsack. laaa.mx/scrotum-humanum
The 1977 Japanese film "Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds" features neither dinosaurs nor monster birds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
Twelve states and the District of Columbia have official "State Dinosaurs." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Back when dinosaurs existed, there used to be volcanoes that were erupting on the moon. space.com/27424-volcanoes…
Nicholas Cage spent $150 million on a 70-million-year-old dinosaur skull, a tomb, a $150,000 first edition Superman comic, pygmy heads, two European castles; one worth $10 million and the other $2.6 million, and 15 residences. He later had to return the skull to the Mongolian govt. cnbc.com/2019/08/09/why-n…
Saturn’s rings are just 100 million years old and formed when dinosaurs roamed Earth. This is much younger than Saturn, which formed about 4.5 billion years ago. Their age was determined by studying doppler-shifted radio signals from the doomed Cassini spacecraft. physicsworld.com/a/saturn…
When the dinosaurs were alive there were erupting volcanoes on the moon. latimes.com/science/scien…
The Brontosaurus was thought to be a mistake, the creature had never existed. The animal was actually an Apatosaurus, a previously discovered dinosaur, and it should have had that name. Now it's been discovered that they actually are two separate animals, and the Brontosaurus exists again. scientificamerican.com/ar…
Today I learned of the Bone Wars. In the late 1800s, two rival paleontologists sought to disgrace each other, resorting to bribery, theft, attempts to cut off funding, and destruction of bones. Both paleontologists were ruined financially, but their efforts led to the discovery of 136 new species of dinosaurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
The naming system for unearthed dinosaur fossils didn't start until 1758, and that the first named bone was called "Scrotum humanum" -- because it was originally believed to be the ball sack of an ancient giant man bbc.com/earth/story/20150…
Owning a property doesn’t always guarantee that you own everything beneath the surface of that property such as oil, coal, or dinosaur bones. β€œMineral Rights” can have a separate deed than β€œSurface Rights.” geology.com/articles/mine…
Even though they existed for about 165 million years, only about 700 species of dinosaur have been discovered to date. thedinosaurmuseum.com/din…
Hoatzins are the only birds born with claws on their wings, a trait exhibited in dinosaurs like archaeopteryxes. insidescience.org/news/ba…
Today I Learned that after the memory unit prefix yotta (10^24 bytes) a petition was started, by students, for the next unit be called hellabyte (10^27) but instead it will be called geopbyte with the following unit being brontobyte (10^30 ) ... like the dinosaur. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Blue Whales are the largest animal to have ever existed on Earth, being larger than all dinosaurs, and every single big sea animal from the past nationalgeographic.com/an…
The largest early map of the world dates back to 1587 and was created by Monti (Monte) and it includes unicorns, lizardmen, elephant carried by a dinosaur and a pancake shaped Japan. However, the position of the countries is highly accurate. davidrumsey.com/ll/thumbn…
Harry Houdini invited his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the annual meeting of the Society of American Magicians in 1922. Doyle set up a projector and shocked them all with footage of live dinosaurs on screen. It was actually a clip from the upcoming 1925 film The Lost World based on his novel mcgill.ca/oss/article/his…
The Chicxulub impact crater (from the asteroid that killed the non-avian dinosaurs) can be seen today as a series of sinkholes. The buried rock on the rim of the crater redirects groundwater that causes the limestone above it to dissolve and form sinkholes called cenotes. atlasobscura.com/places/c…
About the Dracorex Hogwartsia, a dinosaur discovered in 2004 and named in honor of the Harry Potter books. childrensmuseum.org/blog/…
There is a species of dinosaur called the "Irritator" - The paleontologists who named it were frustrated because illegal fossil dealers had badly damaged its skull en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irr…
In Jurassic park (1993), the insect trapped in amber and which made the cloning of dinosaur possible was actually elephant mosquito. It's the only mosquito that doesn't suck blood, so cloning wasn't actually possible. businessinsider.in/home/m…
Home Improvement: Power Tool Pursuit! for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System had no real instruction manual. Instead there was a fake manual with a sticker reading, "Real men don't need instructions". The game also featured dinosaurs, acid-spewing mummies, and robot sentries as enemies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Iridium is found in meteorites in much higher abundance than in the Earth's crust, which is why scientists think a meteor killed the dinosaurs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
A fully-preserved dinosaur tail, still covered in delicate feathers, was found. It is 99 million years old. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
The mosquitos they extracted the blood from to create the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park didn’t actually suck blood, negating the entire premise of the film businessinsider.com/juras…
Hatzegopteryx was the largest flying animal ever. With a skull nearly 3 meters long and a 10 meter wingspan, it was as tall as a giraffe and the top predator feeding on small dinosaurs prehistoric-wildlife.com/…
Some Louisiana Science Textbooks Used in Louisiana Schools Say That Scientists Think Dragons (Fire-Breathing Dinosaurs, technically) May Have Existed and That Humans Lived Alongside Dinosaurs huffpost.com/entry/christ…
Barney the Dinosaur was originally going to be a blue teddy bear, but the creator's son fell in love with a T-Rex exhibit in Dallas, and thus became a dinosaur nj.com/parentalguidance/2…
The Chicxulub Impact, the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs, created a mega-tsunami that was over 330 feet tall. If the impact had struck the deep ocean rather than the shallow seas, the wave would have peaked at 2.9 MILES. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Deinonychus, meaning "terrible claw", was the first dinosaur linked to modern birds. It had a long, talon-like claw to help disembowel prey, and it had FEATHERS! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dei…
Nicolas Cage once outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for a 70 million year old dinosaur skull paying $276,000 for it. After later finding out that the skull was stolen he agreed to return it to the Mongolian authorities. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
The reason some dinosaurs were able to get so large was that they had "air sacks" in and around their bones, which prevented them from being crushed under their own weight and allowing them to grow to enormous sizes. blogs.scientificamerican.…
Dinosaurs didn’t evolve into birds, birds are dinosaurs. Specifically they are Theropods in the subgroup Coelurosauria in the clade Maniraptora. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coe…
Today I learned of the Montana Dueling Dinosaurs, an incredibly well-preserved fossil of a Tyrannosaurus and a Triceratops locked in combat. Despite the important nature of the fossil, it remains obscure due to a land rights controversy preventing it from being studied, cleaned up and/or put on display. theguardian.com/science/2…
The head of a tiny dinosaur that lived nearly 100 million years ago was found trapped in amber. The head of Oculudentavis khaungraae ("eye-tooth bird") is 14mm long with large eye sockets like modern lizards and upper and lower jaws full of sharp teeth, the most found on any ancestral bird. sciencemag.org/news/2020/…

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