Fun Fact Friday: DINOSAURS!

Hello there, guess what! It’s time for another instalment of Fun Fact Friday! And this week, it’s about my favourite thing since…well before sliced bread that’s for sure. It’s DINOSAURS! Yay!

A Tyrannosaur at the ROM in Toronto. Courtesy of my Sony DSC-S700

FACT: The site location for the Parthanon at the Acropolis in Athens, had to be cleared of several dinosaur bones before construction (600-500 BC), which were then called “Giants’ Bones”.

FACT: Approximately 220 million years ago, in the Late Triassic era, the fist dinosaurs evolved. They were small and ate bugs. One of these dinosaurs is called Eoraptor

FACT: Dinosaurs are distinguished between two groups, saurischian (“lizard-hipped”) and ornithiscian (“bird-hipped”) dinosaurs. Saurischian dinosaurs include carnivorous theropods and herbivorous sauropods, while ornithischians account for the remainder of plant eaters, including hadrosaurs, ornithopods and ceratopsians, among others. Oddly enough, birds evolved from “lizard-hipped,” rather than “bird-hipped,” dinosaurs.

A Deinonychus at the ROM in Toronto. A 'lizard-hipped' therapod! Courtesy of my Sony DSC-S700

FACT: Pterosaurs (flying reptiles) and aquatic reptiles like mosasaurs, icthyosaurs and plesiosaurs weren’t technically dinosaurs. 😦 But they’re still pretty awesome. SEE: Liopleurodon and Quetzalcoatlus

FACT: Birds are (pretty much) dinosaurs. They are the only living descendants of the Coelurosauria Therapods, which all had hollow bones, three toed feet and a wishbone (or furcula). There is also conclusive evidence of feathered Therapods, as well as egg brooding behaviour.

FACT: John ‘Jack’ R. Horner, American Palaeontologist, firmly believes we can reverse engineer/evolve a dinosaur out of a bird embryo by chemically shutting of certain genes in the development process. Shutting off these inhibitor genes would allow things like tail growth, tooth growth and other “Dinosaur-like’ phenotypes to present themselves! HOW AWESOME IS THAT! I WANT A DINOSAUR! (If anyone doesn’t know what to get me for my birthday, just reverse engineer me a therapod from a chicken embryo and I’ll love you forever. We can call him Stu…)

FACT: Tyrannosaurus Rex is an awesome singer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ige2YBBJeh4

Many thanks to my brain for being full of this gobbledegook and The Symphony of Science for being amazing!

http://www.symphonyofscience.com/

Also for reference if you like prehistoric entertainment:

BBC: Walking with Dinosaurs/ Allosaurus / Walking with Monsters/ Walking with Prehistoric Beasts/ Walking with Cavemen

BBC: Prehistoric Park or Sea Monsters, With Nigel Marven

DK Publishing: Prehistoric Life (Book…or more like a tome)

And if you’re looking for a good read try “How to Build a Dinosaur” by Mr. Horner!

-Miss Hailey Jane

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