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Everything You Should Know About Dinosaurs

Nov. 25, 2022

1. What is the largest dinosaur? The smallest dinosaur?


Dinosaurs were large, but some were small. The smallest recorded dinosaur is the surviving avian dinosaur: the hummingbird from Cuba, which was just over 2 inches long and weighed less than 0.07 ounces. As for extinct non-avian dinosaurs, the smallest beasts have some competition, including a bat-like dinosaur from China called Ambopteryx longibrachium, which was 13 inches long and weighed about 11 ounces.

Titanosaurus was the largest dinosaur. However, determining the mass of a dinosaur is challenging because paleontologists rarely find complete skeletons and soft tissues such as organs and muscles rarely turn into fossils. However, contenders for the title of the world's largest dinosaur include Argentinosaurus, which weighed 110 tons (100 metric tons), and the unnamed 98-million-year-old Titanosaurus from Argentina, which weighed more than 69 tons (63 metric tons).

According to an unpublished study presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology's 2021 annual meeting, the longest dinosaur may have been Superosaurus, a Jurassic-era lizard-footed creature that measured at least 128 feet long and possibly even 137 feet. Another contender is Leontosaurus, a slender Jurassic lizard-footed creature that, according to a 2006 study in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin, could have reached 108 feet in length.

The tallest dinosaur was probably Giraffe, a 40-foot-tall lizard-footed dinosaur that lived about 150 million years ago in the late Jurassic period in what is now Tanzania.



2. Pterosaurs were not dinosaurs


There were many amazing animals that lived during the dinosaur era, and some are confused with dinosaurs. The most common misconception is to call pterosaurs dinosaurs: they were not. Pterosaurs were winged reptiles and sauropods, meaning they were close relatives of dinosaurs, but they were not dinosaurs.

The order Crocodylus includes both extinct and extant crocodiles and their close relatives. Crocodiles are sauropods, but they are not dinosaurs. The extant crocodiles and birds (which are dinosaurs) are the only surviving members of the evolutionary branch of the zoosaurids.

The Mesozoic oceans were full of marine life, including predatory reptiles known as Cangosaurus (e.g., Cangosaurus), Serpentis and Ichthyosaurus. However, none of these reptiles were dinosaurs. 


3. Did dinosaurs have feathers?


Dinosaurs had feathers, but feathers don't turn out well as fossils, but some remarkable fossils, especially those from Liaoning Province, China, that were buried after a volcanic eruption, have preserved feathers.

A 2014 study published in the journal Science found that only theropods and their descendants were initially thought to have feathers, but researchers also found down on the plant-feeding ornithischian dinosaur Kulindadromeus zabaikalicus, suggesting that feathers were more common than previously thought.


4. Could dinosaurs have flown?


Some dinosaurs could fly, including the earliest known bird, the Archaeopteryx, found in Germany and dating back to the late Jurassic period, about 150 million years ago.

However, unlike most of today's birds, extinct dinosaurs may have flown only a short distance. Ancient birds and bird-like dinosaurs required powerful leg muscles, large wings and a relatively small body size to take off and fly, research suggests.

According to a 2015 study in the journal Nature, the bat-like dinosaur Ichthys, which dates back to the Jurassic period in China, had wings, yet it may not have had the power to fly.


5. Can dinosaurs be brought back to life?


For a variety of reasons, it is currently impossible to bring extinct dinosaurs back to life. Although dinosaur proteins and blood vessels have been discovered, scientists have not yet rigorously identified the DNA of extinct dinosaurs. the moment the organism dies, the DNA begins to decay, but under the right circumstances, parts of it can be preserved. That said, the oldest sequenced DNA on record belongs to a mammoth about 1 million years ago, and dinosaurs went extinct about 66 million years ago.

Some scientists are studying how to reverse-engineer birds into dinosaurs, including so-called "dinosaur chickens" with elongated tails, teeth, arms and fingers. One group has even given chicken embryos dinosaur-like noses. However, the "chicken dragon" is not a replica of an ancient dinosaur, but a dinosaur-like bird.


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