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Fun Dino Facts

Did You Know?

Stegasaurus DinoDinosaur bones are found all over the world, and they're found in specific formations. What's a formation? It's a geologic layer of material such as sandstone, mudstone or silt that geologists and paleontologists use to identify the age and even the kind of climate and landscapes that existed when the formation was created. For example, in Western Colorado, dinosaur bones are found in the Morrison Formation. The Morrison Formation is made up of greenish- and reddish-colored shales and was deposited when this area was a large basin. Dinosaurs just loved to hang out around here because there were lots of rivers and trees - and that's why there are so many bones just waiting to be dug up!

 

 

Isle of Wight

On the Isle of Wight, off the coast of South England, rocks are yielding fossils from the early Cretaceous period -- spanning from 100 Isle of Wightmillion to 140 million years ago -- which are rarely found elsewhere. The island is a window on the Cretaceous world which doesn't occur anywhere else in the world. The island is important not only in historical terms, but also because new dinosaurs continue to be discovered there and are well-preserved and articulated -- that is, their bones are joined together. A previously unknown cat-like, flesh-eating dinosaur was discovered in a crumbling cliff by an amateur fossil collector. And in 1997, another previously unknown dinosaur, Neovenator salerii, a smaller version of Tyrannosaurus rex, was found on the island.

 

More Fun Dino Facts!

Did You Know?

  1. Did you know that Colorado is the Stegosaurus State? That's right, the Stegosaurus is our official state fossil - in fact, many of the first dinosaur fossils were found right here in western Colorado!
  2. The first Stegosaurus ever found was collected from near Morrison, Colorado, just west of Denver.
  3. The giant sauropod dinosaur Supersaurus was collected from near Delta, in western Colorado.
  4. Brontosaurus means "thunder lizard".
  5. The oldest dinosaur body fossils in Colorado are from near Glenwood Springs and are approximately the same age as the ancient trees at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.
  6. Pseudo-dinosaur fact: Of sites producing pterosaurs (flying reptiles, not dinosaurs) in the Late Jurassic of the western U.S., almost half are in western Colorado.
  7. Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops have been found near Denver but not in western Colorado. Only older relatives of these two dinosaurs are found in western Colorado.
  8. During the Early Jurassic, most of western Colorado was covered in sand dunes, and we find dinosaur footprints in these rocks.
  9. A young duck-billed dinosaur was found in marine rocks in western Colorado -- it had been washed out to sea (from what is now Utah) and sank to the bottom.
  10. Apatosaurus, a dinosaur found near Fruita and at several places in Rabbit Valley in western Colorado, probably weighed about as much as 150,069 Big Macs.
  11. Through most of dinosaur times, dinosaurs shared the world with smaller animals like frogs, salamanders, lizards, mammals, and turtles.
  12. The giant Supersaurus probably weighed about 92,400 pounds.
  13. Some adult dinosaurs from the Fruita Paleontological Area in western Colorado were smaller than a chicken.
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