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Don't Believe Jurassic World - Velociraptor...
Next to Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor is the world's most famous meat-eating dinosaur. Here are 10 facts about this Cretaceous carnivore that you may (or may not) have gleaned from repeated viewings of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World.
If You See These Dinosaurs in a Dark Alley - Run!
Not all dinosaurs were equally deadly--some were built for exceptional mayhem, sporting huge teeth, sharp claws, and (occasionally) even the ability to outwit their prey. Here's a list of the 10 fiercest, deadliest, and just plain most dangerous dinosaurs. If you see one of these guys on the street--run!
From Sauropods to Tyrannosaurs, Your Guide to...
How many types of dinosaurs were there? Here's a list of the 15 main dinosaur types, ranging from ankylosaurs to tyrannosaurs, complete with links to additional information.
These Dinosaurs Were Bigger Than the House You...
How heavy was Argentinosaurus? What was the wingspan of Quetzalcoatlus? Read this list of the 20 biggest dinosaurs (as well as non-dinosaur reptiles like pterosaurs, pliosaurs and therapsids) to find out.
We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat - 10 Facts...
Megalodon was, by far, the largest shark that ever lived, making the Great White Shark seem like a guppy. But how much do you really know about this terrifying undersea predators? Here are 10 Megalodon facts you can share with your friends.
10 Facts About Deinonychus
Velociraptor gets all the press, but it was another raptor, Deinonychus, that really stole the show in Jurassic Park. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this vicious, feathered dinosaur.
10 Facts About Spinosaurus
Spinosaurus is one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs yet identified, bigger (and possibly meaner) than T. Rex and on a par with Giganotosaurus. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this famous sailed predator.
How Much Do You Really Know About T. Rex, the...
How much do you really know about Tyrannosaurus Rex, the king of the dinosaurs? Here are 10 fun facts you can share with your friends, family, and coworkers.
10 Facts About Utahraptor, the World's Largest...
How much do you really know about Utahraptor, the largest raptor that ever lived? Here are 10 fun facts you can share with family, friends, and coworkers.
Giganotosaurus - Bigger than T. Rex, But Still...
Giganotosaurus is rapidly gaining on T. Rex as the most popular meat-eating dinosaur. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this terrifying predator of the Mesozoic Era.
How Much Do You Really Know About Dilophosaurus?
Dilophosaurus didn't even remotely resemble its portrayal in Jurassic Park--which you can learn by reading these ten fun and interesting facts about this meat-eating dinosaur.
Meet Allosaurus, the Most Dangerous Dinosaur of...
Allosaurus was one of the most common, and one of the most dangerous, meat-eating dinosaurs of the late Jurassic period. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this agile predator.
These Dinosaurs Were the Albert Einsteins of...
Pound for pound, dinosaurs were some of the dumbest creatures ever to roam the planet. However, some may even have attained a mammalian level of intelligence. Here's a list of the 10 smartest dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era, ranging from Allosaurus to Troodon.
How Much Do You Know About the Saber-Tooth Tiger?
It wasn't technically a tiger, but the Saber Tooth Tiger (aka Smilodon) was one of the most fearsome predators of the Pleistocene epoch. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this big-toothed beast.
10 Facts About the Dire Wolf, Your Favorite...
The largest canine that ever lived, the Dire Wolf was the scourge of Pleistocene North America. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this fierce predator.
Why There's No Such Thing as a Pterodactyl, and...
There's no such thing as a pterodactyl, a word people use to refer to either Pteranodon or Pterodactylus. Here are 10 facts you should know about these famous pterosaurs.
The 10 Freakiest Dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era
Not all dinosaurs sported the same plain-vanilla body plans; some stood out even by the bizarre standards of the Mesozoic Era, with strange adaptations that continue to puzzle paleontologists to the present day. Here's our pick of the 10 weirdest dinosaurs that ever lived.
These 20 Creatures Could Fit in a Prehistoric...
Some dinosaurs and prehistoric animals were very, very small rather than very, very big. Here's a list of the 20 tiniest ancient creatures, according to our current state of knowledge.
These Marine Reptiles Made the Great White...
Until the K/T Extinction, 65 million years ago, the deadliest creatures in the sea weren't sharks, but marine reptiles like pliosaurs, plesiosaurs and mosasaurs. Here's our list of the 10 deadliest marine reptiles of the Mesozoic Era.
Meet Titanoboa, the World's Biggest Prehistoric...
How much do you know about Titanoboa, the world's biggest prehistoric snake? This ten-step slideshow will tell you all about this snake's diet, behavior, and general overall giganticness.
Here's Why the Dodo Is, Well, as Dead as a Dodo
The Dodo Bird disappeared so quickly from the island of Mauritius, in the 17th century, that it has become the poster animal for sudden extinction. But how much do you really know about this squat, flightless pigeon relative?
Wild and Woolly Facts About the Wild and Woolly...
It wasn't the biggest Mammoth species, but the Woolly Mammoth is still the most famous proboscid of the Pleistocene epoch. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this huge, shaggy pachyderm.
10 Basic Facts Everyone Should Know About...
Did you know that most dinosaurs were vegetarians? Or that dinosaurs lived alongside the earliest mammals? Here are 10 important dinosaur facts that every person should know.
10 Big Cats That Have Gone Extinct in Modern...
The last 10,000 years have witnessed the extinction of a large number of lions, tigers and cheetahs, with many species surviving well into the 19th or early 20th centuries. Here are the 10 most notable big cats that have gone extinct in historical times.
Meet Troodon, the World's Smartest Dinosaur
Often touted as the smartest dinosaur, Troodon is one of the more interesting theropods in the dinosaur bestiary. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this late Cretaceous predator.
Do You Believe in the Loch Ness Monster? Then...
There are plenty of exaggerations, myths and outright lies circulating about the so-called Loch Ness
Raptorex? Iguanacolossus? These Dinosaurs Have...
Some dinosaurs have better names than others--mostly because some paleontologists have more imagination than others. Here's a list of the 10 most impressive dinosaur names, ranging from Anzu to Tyrannotitan.
A Complete, A to Z List of Dinosaurs
A complete, alphabetical list of every dinosaur that ever lived during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
Meet Sarcosuchus, the 10-Ton SuperCroc
Sarcosuchus, aka the SuperCroc, was the largest prehistoric crocodile that ever lived. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this Cretaceous menace.
10 Facts About Brachiosaurus
One of the largest dinosaurs on earth during the Jurassic period, Brachiosaurus has become the poster genus for huge, slow-witted sauropods. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this long-necked, long-tailed plant eater..
The 20 Biggest Prehistoric Mammals
The dogs, cats, pigs and even hedgehogs of the Cenozoic Era vastly outweighed their modern descendants. Here's a slideshow of the 20 biggest prehistoric mammals, classified by type.
The 10 Cutest Dinosaurs
Some dinosaurs were cuter than others. Here's a list of the 10 most adorable dinosaurs of the Mesozoic era.
How Much Do You Know About Ankylosaurus?
One of the most heavily armored dinosaurs that ever lived, Ankylosaurus was also one of the last dinosaurs standing in the wake of the K/T meteor impact. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about Ankylosaurus.
10 Facts About Quetzalcoatlus, the Feathered...
The largest pterosaur that ever lived, Quetzalcoatlus is still a mystery: no one knows how it flew, what it ate, or even how much it weighed. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this giant pterosaur.
How Much Do You Really Know About Triceratops?
It's impossible to mistake Triceratops for any other creature--but very possible to hold some mistaken notions about this ancient horned, frilled dinosaur. Here are 10 facts you may (or may not) have known about Triceratops.
These 10 Extinct Mammals Could Eat You Whole
Today, there are very few mammals alive on earth that can kill you with one well-aimed bite or swipe of a paw--but that wasn't the case millions of years ago, when the earth was ruled by giant cats, hyenas, and rhinoceroses. Here's our list of the 10 deadliest prehistoric mammals.
Why the Tasmanian Tiger Wasn't a Tiger, and...
The Tasmanian Tiger wasn't really a tiger, but a dog-like marsupial that went extinct in the 20th century. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this striped predator.
Meet Dimetrodon, the World's Most Famous...
Often mistaken for a true dinosaur, Dimetrodon was actually a sail-backed reptile that lived tens of millions of years before the first dinosaurs had evolved. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about Dimetrodon.
How Much Do You Really Know About the Cave Bear?
The Cave Bear was one of the most common megafauna mammals of Pleistocene Europe, as our human ancestors were well aware. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this imposing beast.
Velociraptor, Shmelociraptor - There Were a...
Among the most feared dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era, raptors were closely related to modern birds. Here's a look at how paleontologists classify raptors, as well as profiles of famous genera ranging from Achillobator to Velociraptor.
How Much Do You Really Know About Stegosaurus?
Stegosaurus is one of the most familiar dinosaurs of the late Jurassic period, but how much do you really know about this plated plant-eater? Here are 10 facts you may (or may not) have known about Stegosaurus.
The 10 Ugliest Dinosaurs
Some dinosaurs were less attractive than others. Here's a list of 10 real-life dinosaurs that could stop a Mesozoic clock.
The Dinosaurs of the Triassic, Jurassic and...
What does it mean to say that a dinosaur lived in the Triassic, Jurassic, or Cretaceous period? Here's a description of these three stretches of the Mesozoic Era, and the prehistoric plants and animals that set them apart.
10 Facts About Diplodocus
Whether you pronounce it correctly (dip-LOW-doe-kuss) or incorrectly (dip-low-DOE-kuss), Diplodocus was one of the biggest dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this gigantic sauropod.
10 Fun Facts About the Dinosaur Formerly Known...
Apatosaurus is famous for once having been named Brontosaurus--and Brontosaurus is famous because it was one of the first sauropods ever to be discovered. Here are 10 fun facts you may or may not have known about Apatosaurus.
No, Dinosaurs Weren't Zapped by UFOs...and...
Scientists have a pretty good idea why dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago--but that hasn't prevented some popular myths from spreading about how, when, and even whether dinos went down for the count. Here are the top 10 misconceptions about dinosaur extinction.
Why Did T. Rex Have Such Tiny Arms?
As relentless a killing machine as T. Rex was, this dinosaur was still equipped with tiny, almost vestigial arms and hands. Why?
We Posed These Prehistoric Animals Next to...
It's one thing to know that a dinosaur was 40 feet long and weighed seven tons, and another to grasp just how enormous that was compared to the average full-grown human. This photo gallery will show you just how enormous some prehistoric animals were!
Want to Giggle Like a Giganotosaurus? Check Out...
Dinosaurs are the perfect subject for memes--they've been dead for tens of millions of years, and they can't fight back. Here are the 20 most amusing dinosaur memes, culled from all corners of the internet.
How Much Do You Really Know About Mastodons?
Mastodons are comparatively less well-known than Mammoths, but they're equally important from an evolutionary perspective. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about these shaggy pachyderms.
Just How "Terrible" Were These Prehistoric...
If you're any sort of dinosaur fan, you already know that the Greek root "dino" (or "deino") means "terrible"--not
10 Facts About Archaeopteryx, the World's Most...
Often considered to be the first true bird, Archaeopteryx was actually something far more complex: a tiny dinosaur with distinctly bird-like characteristics. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about Archaeopteryx.
Titanoboa,Titanops, Tyrannotitan - Were They...
We all know about the HMS Titanic, the 900-foot-long, 50,000-ton behemoth that sank on its maiden voyage
How Much Do You Really Know About Oviraptor?
One of the most spectacularly misunderstood of all dinosaurs, Oviraptor wasn't really an "egg thief"
How Much Do You Really Know About Iguanodon?
The second dinosaur ever to be discovered and named, Iguanodon has generated a lot of confusion over the past two centuries. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this famous ornithopod.
These 10 Birds Are as Dead as the Dodo
The last 1,000 years have witnessed the extinction of various birds--and some species disappeared off the face of the earth as little as 100 years ago. Here's a list of the 10 most notable birds that have gone extinct in historical times.
These 10 Pterosaurs Could Bring Down Air Force...
Some pterosaurs were every bit as frightening as the dinosaurs they coexisted with during the Mesozoic Era. Here's a list of 10 pterosaurs you wouldn't want to cross paths with on your next hang-gliding expedition.
These 12 Fossils Changed Dinosaur History
Not every fossil discovered in a dried-up lakebed or arid mountain plain has had an equally profound effect on the course of paleontology. Here are 10 famous discoveries that changed, sharpened, or completely altered the views of working scientists (and the general public) about dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles.
Dinosaurs Weren't The Only Reptiles to Go Extinct
Everyone knows about the dinosaurs, but the fact is that some reptiles have gone extinct in historical, rather than deep, time. Here are 10 snakes, turtles and crocodiles that have recently disappeared off the face of the earth.
How Much Do You Know About Parasaurolophus?
One of the world's most recognizable dinosaurs, the long-crested Parasaurolophus is still a bit of a mystery. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this famous duckbill.
How Much Do You Know About Compsognathus?
Once considered the world's smallest dinosaur, the late Jurassic Compsognathus is still interesting in its own right. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this early theropod.
Meet the Coelacanth, the World's Only Living...
Long though to be extinct, a living coelacanth was dredged up from the ocean in 1938. Here are 10 facts you should know about this supposedly long-vanished fish.
10 Important Dinosaurs You've Never Heard Of
Everyone is familiar with T. Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus--but what about the other, lesser known dinosaurs that have made substantial contributions to paleontology? Here's a list of 10 relatively obscure dinosaurs that, in their own way, are every bit as important as the heavy hitters.
Megaraptor, Megalania, Megaladapis - Just How...
"Mega" is a Greek root that demands to be taken seriously: its ancient, literal meaning is "large" or
20 Important 'Firsts' in the Animal Kingdom
As a rule, biologists and evolutionary scientists don't like the word "first"--evolution proceeds by
10 Facts About Dinosaur Eggs
Did you know that most dinosaur eggs never got the chance to hatch? Or that very few fossilized embryos have been found inside fossilized eggs? Here are 10 surprising facts about dinosaur eggs.
10 Recently Extinct Fish
Fish, just like other animals, can be driven to extinction by predation, pollution and changes to their habitats. Here are 10 fish that have gone extinct in historical times, ranging from the Galapagos Damsel to the Harelip Sucker.
What Kind of Person Names a Dinosaur "Huehuecan...
Not every extinct creature is as memorable as Tyrannosaurus Rex or Triceratops. Here are 10 prehistoric animal names that even seasoned paleontologists find it difficult to spell, much less pronounce, correctly.
Here's Why Crocodiles Haven't Changed Much in...
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10 Recently Extinct Amphibians
A list of 10 amphibians--including frogs, toads, salamanders and caecilians--that have gone extinct in modern times.
How Can You Tell There's a Stegosaurus in Your...
Why did the T. Rex cross the road? How can you tell when there's a Stegosaurus in your refrigerator? Read this collection of dinosaur jokes and riddles to find out!
How Much Do You Know About Carnotaurus?
Thanks to the short-lived TV show Terra Nova, Carnotaurus is quickly rising on the dinosaur popularity charts. Here are 10 interesting facts about this stubby-armed carnivore.
You'll Never Get a Chance to Ride These 10...
Although the genus Equus is still going strong, various species (and sub-species) of horses, donkeys and zebras have disappeared during historical times, some as recently as decades ago. Here's a list of 10 recently extinct equines.
How Much Do You Know About Protoceratops?
The pig-sized Protoceratops is mostly famous for being on the lunch menu of larger meat-eaters. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about this horned, frilled dinosaur.
10 Prehistoric Battles That Could (and Probably...
Could Triceratops have beaten Tyrannosaurus Rex in one-on-one combat? How about Allosaurus vs. Stegosaurus, or Megalodon vs. Leviathan? Here are ten battles involving various dinosaurs, reptiles, sharks and prehistoric mammals, with our picks for the likely winners.
Megalodon vs. Leviathan!
Leviathan was a 50-foot-long, 50-ton sperm whale that prowled the waters of Miocene South America. Megalodon was a comparably sized prehistoric shark that occasionally ventured into Leviathan's territory. Who wins in a battle between these two undersea titans?
From Dino and Dopey to Gronk and Godzilla -...
Dinosaurs aren't only found in dried-up riverbeds and ancient quarries--fictional versions can also be seen in TV shows, movies, comic strips and video games. Here's a selection of pop culture's most notable dinosaurs.
How Much Do You Really Know About Coelophysis?
Coelophysis is one of the most important (and best-attested) early dinosaurs, but very few people know much about it. Here are 10 facts you may or may not have known about Coelophysis.
The Passenger Pigeon - It Flocked by the...
How much do you really know about the Passenger Pigeon, other than that it rivals the Dodo as the poster-bird for extinction? Here are 10 facts about the world's most famous extinct pigeon.
Are You Familiar With These 10 Prehistoric...
Crocodiles have lived on earth, in one form or another, for over 200 million years. Here are profiles of the 10 most important prehistoric crocodiles everyone should know.
Like T. Rex Better Than Stegosaurus? Here's...
What does your favorite dinosaur say about you? Here's a list of 10 well-known dinosaurs, and their implications for your psychological well-being and everyday behavior.
Could Dinosaurs Live for 300 Years?
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What Do You Call a 100-Ton Dinosaur With Armor...
By the end of the Cretaceous period, the only sauropods left standing were the titanosaurs--mysterious, armored plant-eaters whose partial skeletons have been unearthed all over the world. Here's a look at how titanosaurs are classified, along with profiles of genera ranging from Aegyptosaurus to Uberabatitan.
T. Rex vs. Triceratops: Who Would Win?
Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops were two of the most popular dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous period, and they both occupied the same North American territory. Who would win in a battle between a full-grown Triceratops and an adult T. Rex?
These Paleontologists and Fossil Hunters...
If it weren't for the efforts of thousands of paleontologists, evolutionary biologists and geologists, we wouldn't know nearly as much about dinosaurs as we do today. Here's a list of 12 dinosaur hunters who have contributed more to our knowledge of these ancient reptiles than anyone else in the field.
Spinosaurus vs. Sarcosuchus!
Spinosaurus was the largest carnivorous dinosaur that ever lived. Sarcosuchus was the largest crocodile that ever lived. Both of these reptiles lived in middle Jurassic Africa. Who wins in a battle to the death between Spinosaurus and Sarcosuchus?
Fake Science, Anyone? Here Are 10 Things That...
Fake science, anyone? In honor of the Discovery Channel, here's a completely made-up list of 10 things Megalodon could swallow whole.
Deer, Elephants, Bears and Hippos That Have...
Hunting has been a human pastime since the dawn of civilization--and, not surprisingly, the spread of civilization has been accompanied by the extinction of various game animals. Here are 10 deer, elephants, bears and hippos that have gone extinct in historical times.
Becklespinax? Sinusonasus? Who Named These...
Not all dinosaurs have lucked out in the name department: some are blessed with cool, sleek, sports-car worthy names, while others are saddled with names that are virtually unpronounceable. Here are the 10 worst dinosaur names, ranging from Becklespinax to Uberabatitan.
How Did Dinosaurs Have Sex?
What we don't know about dinosaur mating can fill a library--after all, it's not as if the act of sex leaves fossil evidence. But we can make some educated guesses, based on the size of dinosaurs and their reptilian heritage.
Can We Bring the Dodo Bird Back to Life?
Ten recently extinct mammals, birds and amphibians that are ripe for de-extinction--and introduction back into the wild.
Megalodon - Is There Really Any 'New Evidence?'
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Why Were Dinosaurs 10 Times Bigger than Modern...
Species by species, individual by individual, dinosaurs were bigger than any other land-dwelling animals that ever lived. Here are some theories that just might account for dinosaur gigantism.
100 Recently Extinct Animals
A list of 100 animals that have gone extinct in historical times, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and invertebrates.
How Much Do You Know About Argentinosaurus?
How much do you know about Argentinosaurus, the current record-holder for the world's largest dinosaur? Here are 10 fun facts about this Mesozoic behemoth.
Mites, Mussels and Moths That Have Gone Extinct...
The world may be teeming with insects and invertebrates, but that doesn't mean individual species can't go extinct. Here's a list of 10 moths, butterflies, worms and snails that have gone extinct in historical times.
Deserts, Lagoons, Forests - Dinosaurs Lived...
Like modern mammals, dinosaurs occupied a wide range of habitats, ranging from deserts to tropical jungles to polar regions. Here's a list of the 10 most important habitats prowled by dinosaurs during the Mesozoic Era.
The Slow, Slow, Slow Story of Turtle Evolution
Turtles and tortoises branched off from the mainstream of reptile evolution hundreds of millions of years ago, and have persisted down to the present day with the same basic body plan. Here's everything you need to know about the evolution of turtles and tortoises.
Meet Your Great, Great, Great Grandma - A Tiny,...
It's not quite true that mammals succeeded the dinosaurs--they lived right alongside these lumbering beasts, in small, quivering, furry form, all through the Mesozoic Era. Here's a look at the evolution, anatomy and survival strategies of the first mammals of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
These 10 Tyrannosaurs Were Every Bit as Vicious...
Despite what you may think, T. Rex wasn't the only tyrannosaur dinosaur of the Mesozoic Era. Here's a slideshow of 10 real-life tyrannosaurs that were every bit as vicious as their more famous relative.
Before the Dinosaurs, These Reptiles Ruled the...
Dinosaurs weren’t the first four-legged reptiles to prosper on land. The Carboniferous and Permian periods witnessed a large variety of
Glyptodon Facts
This prehistoric armadillo was the size of a Volkswagen Beetle.
We're Going to Need a Bigger Boat - The Giant...
Sharks are among the oldest and most successful vertebrates on earth; the first species appeared about 420 million years ago and their descendants have survived down to the present day. Here's everything you need to know about the behavior and evolution of prehistoric sharks.
10 Classic Paleontology Blunders
When you make a living studying 100-million-year-old dinosaurs, you're bound to make a few mistakes here and there. Here's a list of the 10 most notable blunders (and misunderstandings, and out-and-out frauds) in the history of paleontology.
The Dire Wolf vs. the Saber-Toothed Tiger!
The Dire Wolf (Canis dirus) and the Saber-Toothed Tiger (Smilodon fatalis) shared the same North American landscape during the late Pleistocene epoch.
Why Your Dog's Pedigree Goes Back 40 Million...
Most people know the end of the story of dog evolution--when wolves were domesticated by early humans. The fact is, though, that prehistoric dogs roamed the plains of North America for tens of millions of years before humans appeared on the scene. Here's everything you need to know about prehistoric dogs and dog evolution.
Giganotosaurus vs. Argentinosaurus!
Argentinosaurus was one of the largest sauropods that ever lived, adults weighing in the neighborhood of 100 tons. Giganotosaurus was a T. Rex-sized predator that may have hunted in packs. Who comes out on top in an encounter between these two huge dinosaurs?
Allosaurus vs. Stegosaurus!
Allosaurus and Stegosaurus both lived in late Jurassic North America, about 150 million years ago--and it's a sure bet that these two dinosaurs had a predator-prey relationship. The question is, could an adult Allosaurus hope to take down a full-grown Stegosaurus in a fair fight?
10 Dinosaur Controversies That Just Won't Go Away
Did sauropods hold their necks straight, or high up in the air? Did all tyrannosaurs have feathers? Here are 10 unresolved controversies about dinosaurs that provoke arguments to the present day.
Meet Pikaia, Tiktaalik, and Other "Missing Links"
As useful as it is, the phrase "missing link" is misleading in at least two ways. First, most of the
These Dinosaurs Were Duck-Billed, But They...
Among the most plentiful dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era, hadrosaurs were large, low-slung plant eaters with tough beaks on their snouts to dig out vegetation. Here’s a look at how paleontologists classify duck-billed dinosaurs, as well as a list of notable genera ranging from Acristavus to Zhuchengosaurus.
Raptor Pictures
Pictures, illustrations and photographs of raptor dinosaurs, ranging from Achillobator to Velociraptor.
These Plant-Eating Dinosaurs Were Bigger Than...
The sauropods were the true giants of the dinosaur family, some genera attaining lengths of over 100 feet and weights of over 100 tons. Here's a brief overview of sauropod evolution and behavior, as well as an alphabetical list of genera ranging from Apatosaurus to Vulcanodon.
These 10 Marsupials Will Never Hop Again
Like other animals around the world, the marsupials of Australia are prone to extinction, usually as a result of habitat loss or predation by invasive species (including human beings). Here's a list of 10 kangaroos, wallabies and wombats that have gone extinct in historical times.
Meet the Saber-Toothed Herring and the Demon...
When you have a difficult-to-pronounce name like Cretoxyrhina or Oreopithecus, it helps to be given a catchy nickname. Here are 10 prehistoric animal nicknames that might give you a chuckle.
Witness the Slow Parade of Pachyderm Evolution
Modern elephants belong to a long and distinguished evolutionary line that dates back 60 million years, to shortly after the extinction of the dinosaurs. Here's what we know about the evolution of elephants, along with profiles of prehistoric genera ranging from Amebelodon to Tetralophodon.
Tyrannosaurs - They're More Than Just T. Rex
Tyrannosaurs were the killing machines of the Cretaceous period: these huge, powerful dinosaurs were all legs, trunk and teeth, and they preyed relentlessly on smaller, herbivorous prey. Here’s a look at how paleontologists classify tyrannosaurs, as well as profiles of the most notable genera, ranging from Tyrannosaurus Rex to Guanlong.
The Cave Bear vs. the Cave Lion!
The Cave Bear, Ursus spelaeus, was one of the most common megafauna mammals of Pleistocene Europe. The Cave Lion, Panthera leo spelaea, was a huge cat that shared the Cave Bear's territory. Which of these animals would have come out on top in a pack-on-pack rumble?
Does Oil Really Come From Dinosaurs?
Many people mistakenly believe that oil comes from long-decomposed dinosaurs--and at least one prominent oil company has contributed to this myth by adopting a dinosaur as its trademark. Here's the truth about what dinosaurs do, and don't, have to do with the world's supply of fossil fuels.
The Long, Slithering Story of Snake Evolution
The origin of snakes is shrouded in mystery: the first, fragmentary forms appeared about 150 million years ago, but it's unclear whether they evolved from land- or water-dwelling ancestors. Here's everything we know about snake evolution, complete with a list of the most important prehistoric snakes.
Leviathan Facts
A giant killer sperm whale of the Miocene epoch.
Meet Triceratops and Friends - The "Horn-Faced"...
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Carbonemys vs. Titanoboa!
Carbonemys was a one-ton, meat-eating turtle of Paleocene South America. Titanoboa was a 50--foot-long, one-ton snake that lived at the same time and place. Who wins a battle between Carbonemys and Titanoboa?
Where the Dinosaur Fossils Are
What fossil sites have yielded the best-preserved specimens of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals? Here are profiles of the 12 most important fossil sites, ranging from the Morrison Formation in the U.S. to Mongolia's Flaming Cliffs.
How Much Do You Know About Albertosaurus?
Albertosaurus may not be as well known as its fellow tyrannosaur, T. Rex, but it's represented by a lot more fossil specimens. Here are 10 facts about Canada's most famous meat-eating dinosaur.
Whales Were Once the Size of Golden Retrievers...
It may be hard to believe, but the story of whale evolution begins with terrestrial, dog-sized mammals that roamed central Asia about 50 million years ago. Here's what we currently know about whale evolution, along with profiles of the most important whale species.
These Dinosaurs Were the Jurassic Equivalent of...
Ankylosaurs were among the last dinosaurs standing 65 million years ago, and with good reason: these otherwise gentle plant-eaters were the Cretaceous equivalent of Sherman tanks, complete with armor plating, sharp spikes and heavy clubs. Here's a look at how paleontologists classify ankylosaurs, as well as profiles of genera ranging from Acanthopholis to Tianchisaurus.
10 Famous Horned Dinosaurs That Weren't...
As instantly recognizable as Triceratops is, this horned, frilled dinosaur wasn't the only ceratopsian of the Mesozoic Era. Here are 10 horned dinosaurs that were every bit as interesting as their more famous cousin.
RIP, the Indefatigable Galapagos Mouse
You might think of them as pests and vermin, but shrews, bats and rodents are every bit as important to our ecosystem as larger mammals. Here's a list of 10 pint-sized mammals that have gone extinct in historical times.
Utahraptor vs. Iguanodon!
Utahraptor was the largest raptor that ever lived, full-grown adults weighing more than half a ton. Iguanodon was a slow-witted, three-ton herbivore that shared Utahraptor's habitat. Who would win in a battle between these two dinosaurs?
These Dinosaurs Looked Like Ostriches - But...
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Aardonyx Facts
An early stage in the evolution of sauropods.
Achillobator Facts
This fierce raptor was discovered in modern-day Mongolia.
Here's Everything You Need to Know About the 10...
There were literally hundreds of dinosaurs, but only a handful merit memorization by eager dinosaur lovers, young or old. Here's all the information you need about the 10 most famous dinosaurs that ever lived, ranging from Allosaurus to Tyrannosaurus Rex.
How Jurassic Park Lied to Us About Dinosaur...
Ever since Jurassic Park, people have wondered if it will one day be possible to clone a living, breathing dinosaur. Trouble is, the scientific challenges are much heftier than you've been led to believe.
Abelisaurus Facts
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The Most Important Dinosaurs, Continent by...
Dinosaurs inhabited all seven continents during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Here are lists of the 10 most important dinosaurs of North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Antarctica.
Here Are 10 Books Every Dinosaur Fan Should Read
Not all books about dinosaurs are created equal. Here's a list of the 10 most informative, and well-written, books about dinosaurs and prehistoric life.
Protoceratops vs. Velociraptor!
Protoceratops was a small, pig-sized plant-eater of late Cretaceous central Asia. Velociraptor was a vicious, turkey-sized raptor that shared the same time and territory. Who comes out on top in a battle between these two dinosaurs?
Knucklehead? Irritator? Who Named These...
After long, weary months collecting bones out in the field, cleaning them in the lab with tiny toothpicks, and laboriously piecing them together for display or further study, paleontologists can be forgiven for occasionally bestowing strange names on the objects of their research. Here are the 10 dinosaurs with the weirdest, funniest, and (in one or two cases) most inappropriate names.
Gigantoraptor Facts
This huge oviraptor dinosaur weighed over two tons.
Do You Know These 10 Famous Prehistoric...
There's more to the story of elephant evolution than Mammoths and Mastodons. Here's a slideshow of 10 prehistoric pachyderms that paved the way for today's majestic elephant breeds.
Liopleurodon Facts
This mean-looking pliosaur ruled the Jurassic seas.
Megalodon - The Monster Shark DOESN'T Live
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Protoceratops vs. Velociraptor
It’s got way too many syllables to be turned into a Hollywood movie, but a spectacular fossil find shows these two dinosaurs engaged in heated combat.
Untangling the Roots of the Dinosaur Family Tree
Some time in the middle to late Triassic period, about 230 million years ago, the first dinosaurs evolved from their archosaur ancestors. Here's everything you need to know about these early templates for dinosaur evolution.
These Marine Reptiles Made Great White Sharks...
The marine reptiles known as mosasaurs were sleek, vicious, and fast, which made them the terrors of the late Cretaceous seas. Here's everything you need to know about these dangerous aquatic predators.
How Scientists Are Playing Frankenstein with...
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Equal Rights Now! 10 Dinosaurs With Female Names
Paleontology tends to be dominated by men--which explains why so many dinosaurs bear macho, aggressive
Do You Subscribe to These 10 Dinosaur Myths?
Do you believe that dinosaurs were the first reptiles to rule the earth, or that dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time? If so, you need to disabuse yourself of these 10 common dinosaur myths.
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