Long before humans, dinosaurs lived on the planet millions of years ago. Dinosaurs were giant, prehistoric land reptiles that lived during the “Age of Reptiles” or what we now call the “Mesozoic Era.
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The word “dinosaur” comes from the Greek words for “scary lizard. The name was coined in 1842 by an English professor of comparative anatomy and physiology named Sir Richard Owen.
At the end of the Mesozoic Era, dinosaurs and many other species became extinct. The causes of this are still a mystery.
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Dinosaurs lived in the Mesozoic Era, which is divided into three smaller periods. First, there was the “Triassic” period of 254-204 million years ago. The next was the “Jurassic” period, 204-140 million years ago.
Finally, there was the “Cretaceous” period, 140-65 million years ago. During these periods, a vast variation developed between the different dinosaurs.
For example, the dinosaurs that lived during the Triassic period were herbivorous, while those that lived during the Cretaceous period were mainly carnivorous, like the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Unlike all other reptiles, dinosaurs were a group of reptiles with different physical characteristics. Some were bipedal, that is, they walked on two legs, while others were quadrupedal because they walked on four legs.
Some dinosaurs were very slow and cumbersome, while others used speed to capture their prey. Some protected themselves from predators using armored body structures. Some had horns, beaks, crests, or bone finishes. There were also dinosaurs with thick, bumpy skin, while others even had primitive feathers.
Unlike the reptiles we see today, dinosaurs walked with their legs directly under their hips. For example, crocodiles move by crawling on the ground and almost seem to be crawling on their bellies. The dinosaurs walked upright.
Many scientists also believe that dinosaurs were partly “warm-blooded” because instead of controlling body temperature according to the environment, they used their metabolism to control it. In contrast, other reptiles such as snakes and lizards adjusted their body heat by moving into the sun or shade as needed.