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  Dinosaurs
What is a dinosaur?
What types of dinosaur were there?
What's in a name?
Could Jurassic Park really happen?
Why did they become extinct?

 
Dinosaur What's in a name?
The word dinosaur means "terrible lizard" in Greek.

Lots of dinosaurs were named after Greek words which suited their personality or appearance. Some interesting ones are:

  • Velociraptor meaning "speedy robber"
  • Triceratops meaning "three-horned head"
  • Oviraptor meaning "egg-thief" (although it didn't actually steal eggs)
  • Microdontosaurus meaning "tiny-toothed lizard"
  • Maiasaurus meaning "good mother lizard"

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