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It isn't hard to imagine the world full of dinosaurs, even though these extinct animals haven't walked the earth for thousands and thousands of years. Learn about dinosaurs, including early dinosaur discoveries, dinosaur fossils, and dinosaur extinction.
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It isn't hard to imagine the world full of dinosaurs, even though these extinct animals haven't walked the earth for millions of years. Learn all about dinosaurs, including early dinosaur discoveries, dinosaur fossils, and dinosaur extinction.

  • Image Gallery: Dinosaurs
  • How Dinosaurs Work
    To see a dinosaur these days, you can visit any number of museums or traveling exhibits. But you don't necessarily have to leave your yard either.
  • Dinosaur Encyclopedia
    It isn't hard to imagine this scene even though dinosaurs haven't walked the earth for millions of years. Dinosaurs have captured our imaginations.
  • Types of Dinosaurs
    Types of dinosaurs include the lizard-hipped dinosaurs and the bird-hipped divisions of dinosaurs. Both of these types of dinosaurs probably shared a common ancestor during the Middle Triassic. How else are these dinosaurs related?
  • Dinosaur Discoveries
    The oldest record of a fossil dinosaur bones discovery is in a Chinese book written between 265 and 317 A.D. Learn more about dinosaur discoveries and the places they were made in this article.
  • Modern Dinosaur Discoveries
    Modern dinosaur discoveries in the USA and Canada detail important discoveries in recent times. The United States and Canada are home to some of the most vigorous dinosaur research in the world. What are some of these discoveries?
  • Recent Dinosaur Discoveries
    Interest in dinosaurs soared to new heights in the 1990s, thanks largely to the blockbuster film Jurassic Park. So too did dinosaur discoveries. Since 1990, more than 100 new dinosaur genera have been described and named.
  • Dinosaur Evolution
    Dinosaur evolution looks at how dinosaurs developed and changed over the course of time. Paleontologists study the different types of dinosaurs and how they are related to each other. How else is dinosaur evolution studied?
  • Dinosaur Extinction
    Dinosaurs became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period. How and why is a puzzle that paleontologists are trying to solve by studying fossils and rock formations. Learn more about the different extinction theories.
  • Could dinosaurs swim?
    Scientists believe that water pressure kept many dinosaurs from swimming. But does that mean that none of these massive animals took a prehistoric skinny-dip?
  • Did dinosaurs have feathers?
    Some people believe that dinosaurs were relatives of today's birds. But, you might ask, if that's so, why didn't they have feathers? Funny you should ask.
  • Which of today's animals lived alongside dinosaurs?
    We all know the cartoons of prehistoric people running from dinosaurs aren't realistic. But many animals living today have ancestors from that time.
  • T-Rex Was Not a Runner (Video)
    T-Rex was probably a slow runner or even just a walker. No, really -- there's science behind it!
  • T-Rex Posture (Video)
    Enough bones remained of this dinosaur to determine it was a T-Rex.
  • Velociraptors as Predators (Video)
    Velociraptors could slice and dice with the best of them. Find out more about these killers.
  • Amazonasaurus - One Big Dinosaur (Video)
    Watch this video showing an archaeological find of pre-historic proportions. Brazilian archaeologists have unearthed the third largest dinosaur ever found, dubbed Amazonsaurus maranhensis after the state of Maranhao in northern Brazil. Even Jeff Bezos wou

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