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Where Did Dinosaurs Live?

The 10 Most Important Dinosaurs by Continent

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North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Antarctica and Australia were all home to an impressive assortment of dinosaurs during the Mesozoic Era. Here's a guide to the 10 most notable, and most important, dinosaurs that lived on each of these continents.

1. The Top 10 Dinosaurs of North America

diplodocus
Vladimir Nikolov
An astonishing variety of dinosaurs lived in North America during the Mesozoic Era, including members of virtually all the major dinosaur groups. Here's a list of the 10 most important (and most influential) North American dinosaurs, ranging from Allosaurus to Tyrannosaurus Rex.

2. The Top 10 Dinosaurs of South America

giganotosaurus
Dmitri Bogdanov
As far as paleontologists can tell, the very first dinosaurs originated in South America--and while South American dinosaurs weren't quite as diverse as those on other continents, many of them were noteworthy in their own right. Here's a list of the 10 most important South American dinosaurs, ranging from Argentinosaurus to Irritator.

3. The Top 10 Dinosaurs of Europe

compsognathus
North American Museum of Ancient Life
Europe was the birthplace of modern paleontology; the very first dinosaurs were identified here almost 200 years ago, with reverberations that have persisted down to the present day. Here are the 10 most important (and most influential) European dinosaurs, ranging from Archaeopteryx to Plateosaurus.

4. The Top 10 Dinosaurs of Asia

dilophosaurus
Royal Tyrrell Museum
Over the past few decades, more dinosaurs have been discovered in central and eastern Asia than in any other continent, some of which have shaken the world of paleontology to its very foundations. Here's a list of the 10 most important (and most influential) Asian dinosaurs, ranging from Dilong to Velociraptor.

5. The Top 10 Dinosaurs of Africa

suchomimus
Luis Rey
Compared to Eurasia and North and South America, Africa isn't particularly well-known for its dinosaurs--but the dinosaurs that lived on this continent during the Mesozoic Era were some of the fiercest on the planet. Here's a list of the 10 most important African dinosaurs, ranging from Aardonyx to Vulcanodon.

6. The Top 10 Dinosaurs of Australia and Antarctica

muttaburrasaurus
Australian Museum
Although Australia and Antarctica weren't in the mainstream of dinosaur evolution, these remote continents hosted their fair share of theropods, sauropods and ornithopods. Here's a list of the 10 most important dinosaurs of Australia and Antarctica, ranging from Antarctopelta to Rhoetosaurus.
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