Dinosaurs are the stuff of every child's fantasies. The child knows they are huge, powerful monsters that can't actually do any harm because they're extinct. Often kids like to make up stories about dinosaurs, and in some cases, they know an astonishing amount of facts about them. However, if your child wants some real facts, here are a few to share.
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Dinosaurs lived in the Mesozoic Era, which spanned the time from about 248 million years ago to 65 million years ago.
Dinosaur fossils have been found on every continent, even Antarctica.
The smallest dinosaur was the Epidendrosaurus. When young, it was about the size of a sparrow.
The largest dinosaur yet found has been the Argentinosaurus, which is believed to have been about 130 feet long and weighed more than 80 tons.
There is no direct evidence for the colours of dinosaur skin. Some scientists believe dinosaurs were coloured similarly to today's reptiles (mostly green and brown), while others think that at least the smaller dinosaurs were brightly coloured in order to attract mates.
There were no flying or swimming dinosaurs. Pteranodons and other Pterosaurs were actually flying reptiles.
What we think of as swimming dinosaurs were also reptiles, such as the Elasmosaurus.
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