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Funny Friday: Fun Dinosaur Facts

A few weeks ago, a group of scientists in southern Brazil discovered a large number of fossil remains of a new dinosaur species. The newfound species has been given the name Caijuajara dobruskii and belonged to an order of winged creatures known as pterosaurs that lived about 100 million years ago. More informally, the new species has been called “The Bizarre ‘Butterfly Head’ Reptile,” based on the bony crest the dinosaurs had on their heads. In honor of the cool new discovery, we will be giving you some dinosaur fun facts on this Funny Friday.

 

The dinosaur with the longest name was the Micropachycephalosaurus, which means “tiny thick-headed lizard.”

This word should be included at the next Scripps National Spelling Bee.

 

Teenage dinosaurs might have made a little extra spending cash by babysitting.

Chinese researchers discovered a nest of baby dinosaur fossils a few days ago, and they believe the bones of a young “caretaker” dinosaur are resting on top. I wonder what the hourly rate for babysitters was 120 million years ago.

 

Not all dinosaurs had sharp, scary teeth.

Known as “toothless theropods,” scientists are trying to figure out why they lost their teeth over time. Hopefully dinosaur dentures were available.

 

There was a dinosaur that “feared nothing.”

A new species, the Dreadnoughtus was discovered in Argentina between in 2005-2009. Meaning “fears nothing,” this dinosaur was named after an English battleship, and is believed to have weighed 65 tons (which is 13 times the size of a full grown African elephant). The Dreadnoughtus has appropriately been given the title of largest terrestrial animal to have ever walked the earth.

 

The most expensive dinosaur lives in Chicago.

Dinosaur Sue, the most complete Tyrannosaurus fossil ever found, was purchased by the Field Museum for $8.3 million in 1997. Before that, the most a fossil had sold for was around $600,000.

 

Less time separates present day humans and when the Stegosaurus lived than the time between when the Tyrannosaurus and Stegosaurus lived.

Which means that Spike and Chomper from “The Land Before Time” wouldn’t have actually been friends

 

 

Dinosaurs still exist–-in the sky!

Birds are considered to be avian dinosaurs, and they clearly had a much better fate than their non-avian dinosaur friends.

 

Cover Photo Source: Jaroslav Moravcik

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