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Dinosaurs

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  1. What did dinosaurs eat?

  2. Where did dinosaurs live?

  3. When were dinosaurs alive?

  4. Why did dinosaurs have sharp teeth?

  5. Did dinosaurs eat people?

  6. What does the word dinosaur mean?

  7. Why did dinosaurs become extinct?

 











 

 





 

1. What did dinosaurs eat?

Some dinosaurs were carnivores (meat eaters) and ate other dinosaurs, animals, insects, sharks and fish. 

However, most dinosaurs were herbivores and just ate plants. Some dinosaurs were omnivores and ate both plants and animals.  

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2. Where did dinosaurs live?

Dinosaurs lived all over the earth. They lived on the ground, in the skies and in the seas.

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3. When were dinosaurs alive?

Dinosaurs lived between 230 and 65 million years ago, in a time called the Mesozoic Era.

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4. Why did dinosaurs have sharp teeth?

Meat eating dinosaurs had sharp teeth so they could rip the flesh from dinosaurs and other animals. They also had powerful jaws for crushing bones.

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5. Did dinosaurs eat people?

Dinosaurs did not eat people because humans were not around at the same time as dinosaurs. Dinosaurs died out about 65 millions years ago and humans are only about 6 million years old.

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6. What does the word dinosaur mean?

The word ‘dinosaur’ means terrible lizard. Dinosaurs, like lizards and snakes were reptiles. 

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7. Why did dinosaurs become extinct?

No-one knows for certain why dinosaurs became extinct, but there are 4 main theories (ideas):

1. An asteroid caused a massive explosion on Earth. It caused fires that burnt all the forests and plants and an ash cloud which blocked the sun so no plants could grow.

2. Lots of volcanoes erupted and they covered the lands in molten rock which set hard. An ash cloud formed which blocked the sun so plants could not grow.

3. The temperature dropped very low so that no plants could grow because it was too cold. Plant eating dinosaurs died as there were no plants growing for them to eat. Meat eating dinosaurs then died out as there were no plant eating dinosaurs for them to eat.

4. As a result of very hot weather the number of insects increased and they spread illness and disease to the dinosaurs causing them to die.

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