7 Things You Didn't Know About Dinosaurs!
1. They were around aaaaaaages ago!
Dinosaurs were around from 250 million years ago to 65 million years ago. That’s 185 million years! In comparison, humans have only been around for about 2 million.
2. Some of them... weren't dinosaurs!
A lot of the creatures we think of as dinosaurs aren’t really dinosaurs
No dinosaurs could fly - things like pterodactyls and pteranodons are actually flying reptiles
3. Some were tiny!
There was a dinosaur called the mussaurus (which means “mouse lizard”) that was the size of a chicken!
4. They're still around!
You’ve almost definitely met a dinosaur
Modern-day birds count as dinosaurs, so even meeting your nan’s budgie counts as a close encounter with a dinosaur
5. They had feathers!
Scientists now reckon all dinosaurs had feathers, even big scary ones like the T-rex
6. They were terrible, apparently!
The word “dinosaur” means “terrible lizard”
That’s terrible in the sense of terrifying, not like a really rubbish lizard