Dinosaur, the ultimate nightmare inducing creatures of the Jurassic and Cretaceous period. Dinosaur comes from two ancient Greek words meaning “terrible lizard”. Sure, technically they’re not lizards, but who cares about the science when you can have a meme-friendly creature like this?
Despite popular beliefs, dinosaurs were not just the source of various amusement parks gone wrong - they were quite the interesting species. Almost 700 different species of dinosaurs have been discovered and studied by paleontologists.
Dinosaurs were born in eggs and most of them were hatched by their mothers, although there may have been a few independent species out there who could lay their own dinosaur eggs, who knows? Perhaps their egg laying abilities would have given them the power to conquer the world, except they were too busy being delicious prey for carnivores.
Pictured below is T-Rex, also known as the “King of the Dinosaurs.” They were believed to be born with a full set of teeth like most other reptiles, only bigger and sharper (similar to those of your neighborhood horror movie villain). Luckily, humans weren’t around during their time; otherwise, it would have been an up-close and personal experience to witness these beasts.
If every major zoo in the world could manage to pair their resources together, it still wouldn’t come close to the kind of enclosure you’d need for a full-grown T-Rex. But if you think about it, maybe it’s a good thing they’re extinct, because who would want to make that kind of investment anyway?
In case you’re wondering, a Velociraptor is not as cool as the movies make it out to be. They were small and had feathers, which is an essential piece of information according to the internet.
Diplodocus had around 90 vertebrae and weighed up to thirty tonnes. That’s equivalent to the weight of a blue whale or 830 Dalmatians combined. Damn, can you imagine a society of these gentle giants walking around the earth? The world would need one heck of a gym membership just to shake hands with their necks.
All jokes aside, we owe a lot to dinosaurs. If they hadn’t become extinct 65 million years ago, it’s feasible to consider that humans may have never come to exist. Thanks for taking one for the team, dinos!