Dinosaurs – Fun Facts
Fun Facts About Dinosaurs
I have been doing a little ‘digging’ to find out some fun facts about dinosaurs…and boy are they interesting. If you are a 7-year-old, you probably know all this already…but as my kids are older, and my memory is not so good, I thought I would do a little refresher.
If you want to impress the kids at dinner, drop a few of these facts and wait for the ooh’s and ahh’s and, “Hey, how did you get so smart? You are my hero!” OK, that might be stretching it a bit, but you may get a ‘hmmm, that’s cool…pass the milk please!”
My top 10 Fun Facts
- Dinosaurs lived during a time of Earth’s history called the Mesozoic (“middle life”) Era. They lived during all three periods of this era (about 230 million to about sixty-five million years ago): the Triassic, Jurassic (yep, that’s where Spielberg got the name), and Cretaceous.
- The first dinosaurs that appeared during the Triassic Period 230 million years ago were small and lightweight. Bigger dinosaurs such as Brachiosaurus and Triceratops appeared during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
- Dinosaurs lived on every continent there is, including Antarctica.
- Most meat-eating dinosaurs had bones filled with air. Though their bones were huge, they weren’t as heavy as they looked, which explains why some of them were so fast despite their large size. Birds have the same kind of hollow bones.
- Even though there are a few theories about the dinosaurs’ extinction the most accurate appears to be the one concerning a massive meteorite hitting the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico 65.5 million years ago. The 112-mile-wide crater was caused by a rock six miles in diameter. It is believed that the only animals to survive this massive destruction were sharks, jellyfish fish, scorpions, birds, insects, snakes, turtles, lizards, and crocodiles.
- The word “dinosaur” was coined by British paleontologist Richard Owen in 1842. It is Greek for “terrible lizard.” Rather than implying that dinosaurs were fearsome, Owen used the term to refer to their majesty and size.
- Some dinosaurs’ tails were over forty-five feet long. Have you ever wondered why this was so? Well, according to paleontologists, most dinosaurs had long tails because it helped them to keep their balance when running.
- Dinosaurs were the dominant species on our planet for more than 165 million years while humans have been around for about two million years, give or take.
- Even though no one knows exactly how long a dinosaur’s lifespan was, some scientists suggest that some dinosaurs could live for as long as two hundred years.
- Contrary to popular belief, the majority of dinosaurs were usually human sized or smaller. Scientists assure us the only reason we have discovered huge bones is that those were just easier to be fossilized. Makes sense, no? Source: Giant Facts about Dinosaurs (Book)
Two more Fun Facts About Dinosaurs and Mini-Golf
+ 1 Really Cool Fun Fact – You can see life-sized dinosaur replicas here!
+ 2 Really Cool Fun Facts (OK, I probably should have called this 12 Fun Facts…but anyway…) Each year, the owners of Dinosaur Valley Mini Golf in Sudbury, hold a Canadian USPMGA (United States Pro Mini Golf Association) Dinosaur Open Public Event that raises funds for local charities. Representatives from the USPMGA were there in 2001 to play the first Canadian USPMGA Dinosaur Open Public Event and gave several hundreds of dollars to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Open to the Public 21st Canadian USPMGA Dinosaur Canadian Event
June 16 – 22, 2018 10am till 7 pm
Saturday, 16 June 2018 & Monday, 18 June 2018 at 10:00 AM-7:00 PM