Category Archives: Dinosaurs

Diplodocus: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about diplodocus, one of the largest of the dinosaurs.

  • The huge diplodocus lived from about 154 to 150 million years ago in what is now the western US. The bones are among the most common of dinosaur fossils.
  • The diplodocus was often over 175 feet in length, longer than 4 school buses, making it one of the largest of all dinosaurs. It could weigh up to 20 tons and had huge, thick legs.
  • The tail of the species could be up to 45 feet long. It was probably able to swing it backwards and forwards to ward off predators, and it may have also been used for stability.
  • The jaw muscles of the diplodocus were very weak. It had no teeth in the sides of its jaws, although it had teeth in the front of its mouth.
  • Because it was so large, the diplodocus had to eat a lot of food every day. Although it ate mostly moss and leaves, it could reach branches up to 30 feet off the ground.
  • The creature’s neck and tail were so large that they took up most of the body. The tail consisted of 80 vertebrae, while the long neck had 15 vertebrae.
  • It is thought that diplodocus traveled in herds, moving to another place when food ran out.
  • The name diplodocus has nothing to do with the creature’s size. Rather, it means ‘double beam’ referring to the bones on the underside of the tail.
  • The wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie donated diplodocus skeletons to several museums. These include natural history museums in London, Paris, Berlin and Mexico City.
  • Early skeletons of diplodocus caused a lot of excitement because of their size. The skeleton in Pittsburgh’s Natural History Museum was named Dippy and became quite famous.

Triceratops: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the triceratops. The triceratops lived between 68 and 65 million years ago in what is now North America. The largest triceratops was almost 30 feet long and almost 10 feet in height. They could weigh up to 5 tons, about the same weight as a truck. Its name translates as… Continue Reading

10 Brachiosaurus Facts

Here are ten facts about brachiosaurus. The brachiosaurus is a long-necked dinosaur, and for many years was thought to be the largest. It lived about 150 million years ago. The first brachiosaurus fossils were found in 1900 but were not shown in a museum until 1994. The species became even more well known after featuring… Continue Reading

10 Spinosaurus Facts

Here are ten facts about spinosaurus. Spinosaurus lived in parts of what is now northern Africa, between 112 and 97 million years ago. It may well have been the largest of the carnivorous dinosaurs. The first spinosaurus fossil was found in Egypt shortly before World War 1 and kept in a German museum. However, the… Continue Reading

10 Archaeopteryx Facts

Here are ten facts about archaeopteryx. The archaeopteryx was much smaller than most people realize. It was only about the size of a large pigeon, measuring 20 inches in length and weighing a few pounds. They lived in what is now Southern Germany, about 150 million years ago. Europe at that time was a lot… Continue Reading

Stegosaurus: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about the stegosaurus, a species of dinosaur. The stegosaurus is the best known of the plated dinosaurs. It lived between 159 million and 144 million years ago in what is now North America. The first stegosaurus bones were found in 1877. The creature was given the name stegosaurus, which means ‘roof… Continue Reading

Tyrannosaurus Rex: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about Tyrannosaurus rex. Tyrannosaurus rex (or T. rex) is probably the best known of all the dinosaurs. It lived in parts of North America and Asia about 65 million years ago. Its name means King of the Tyrant Lizards, but there is much debate as to whether T. rex was a… Continue Reading