Journey Through Time: 25 Amazing Dinosaur Facts

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1Blue whale

Blue whale

Even when taking dinosaurs into account, the modern day blue whale is the largest animal to ever live.

2. Baby and juvenile dinosaurs have been mistakenly labeled as whole new dinosaur species because their younger skeletons differ so much from their adult form.

3. Velociraptors were really only the size of an average dog and had feathers. The Jurassic Park movies took the name and applied it to another dinosaur from the raptor family.

4. The Diplodocus could whip its tail so fast it would break the sound barrier, producing a canon-like boom.

5. In 2016, a tyrannosaurus rex fossil was found carrying fertilized eggs which shed light on the evolution of egg-laying as well as on gender differences in the dinosaur.

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6Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Walt Disney thought the Tyrannosaurus Rex wasn't scary enough with two fingers. He demanded a third finger be added in all artistic depictions.

7. A 2006 study concluded that prehistoric predators had excellent vision, surpassing modern birds of prey. Compared to a bald eagle (whose vision is 4 times better than ours), Tyrannosaurus rex had eyes that were 13 times as precise as a human's eyesight, meaning it could see prey from 6 km away.

8. One of Tyrannosaurus Rex's "tiny" arms could curl 430lbs.

9. Scientists have discovered fossils of pygmy tyrannosaurus rex that would have roamed Arctic during the late Cretaceous period.

10. Deep in Africa, there are accounts of people seeing dinosaur-like creatures that resemble a Brachiosaurus or Apatosaurus. The locals call it Mokèlé-mbèmbé and there have been several documented expeditions to find it from as early as 1776 to as late as 2012.

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Herbivore dinosaurs had to eat leaves instead of grass, because grass (a C4 plant) didn't evolve until 10 million years ago.

12. Earth's rotation is slowing at a rate of approximately 17 milliseconds a century, and the length of a day for the dinosaurs was closer to 22 hours.

13. Saturn’s rings are younger than the dinosaurs as they were likely formed just 100 million years ago.

14. The dinosaurs far pre-date Betelgeuse, one of the brightest and most famous stars in the night sky. In fact, the star was born around the same time as pre-humans walked the Earth.

15. Dinosaurs had giant fleas with beaks the size of modern syringe needles.

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16Limestone wall

Limestone wall

There is a giant limestone wall in Bolivia that has over 5000 dinosaur footprints on it. The 462 tracks were made by 8 species over 68 million years ago.

17. After the extinction of the dinosaurs, there was a turtle (Carbonemys) that was the size of a car and could eat crocodiles.

18. Beelzebufo, also known as the Frog From Hell, is the largest known frog species to have ever lived. Its diet may have included juvenile dinosaurs.

19. Dinosaurs never stepped foot in Florida. The peninsula was submerged underwater until millions of years after they existed.

20. Dinosaurs were neither warm nor cold-blooded, instead "mesothermic" or in between.

21Dinosaurs' soft tissue

Dinosaurs' soft tissue

Scientists have discovered soft tissue from dinosaurs (blood vessels, red blood cells, and more), that has been preserved for 70 million years.

22. One of Mongolia's national treasures is a fossil of a Velociraptor and Protoceratops locked in combat.

23. There is a dinosaur named Dracorex hogwartsia, meaning "Dragon King of Hogwarts" because its skull looks like a dragon's.

24. It's a mystery why so many birds and dinosaur fossils exhibit a 'death pose'. The characteristic posture consisting of head thrown back, tail extended, and mouth wide open.

25. Under modern scientific classification dinosaurs are not considered extinct, and instead, live among us as birds.

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