Has anyone else noticed there’s usally about 3 or 5 kinds of dinosaurs featured in most movies and shows? You know, the Triceratops, the Stegasaurus, and the king of all dinosaurs: the Tyrannosaurus Rex? What if I told you that there were hundreds — if not thousands — of different dinos? And what if I told you that even my favourite dinosaur, the Triceratops, was only a smaller genus of a larger family of dinosaurs called Ceratopsians! That explains why I sometimes wonder why a “triceratops” only has two horns, or their frills (that crazy big head gear) look WAAAY bigger than it ought to! Hehe!
During my research in to dinosaurs, I came across some pretty neat resources on dinosaurs that I’ll share further down, and I’ll share some of my favourite facts with you, too! 😀
First up, the facts:
- Pterosaurs and aquatic reptiles aren’t actually dinosaurs. A dinosaur is a land-dwelling reptile that had specific skeletal & other anatomical traits.
- Triceratops didn’t actually have 3 horns! They had two large horns on their head, but the shorter, stubby one on their face/nose was actually made of a different material!
- Raptors had feathers!
- Fossilization is actually an extremely rare process. Most fossils discovered only date back to the Jurassic & Cretacious eras, leaving huge spans of time (and across certain continents) unaccounted for.
- The word “dinosaur” actually means “terrible lizard” — however, dinosaurs are not really lizards!
If you’re interested in reading (LOADS) more info on these awesome creatures, check out some of these sites:
- http://www.skeletaldrawing.com/ Skeletal drawings of various dinosaurs!
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinosaur For further dino studies, scroll to the bottom — there’s a list of references and links to external sites!
I really wanted to do a dinosaur related craft for y’all today, however, due to time constraints and a majority of my craft supplies being packed up, I’ve instead opted to post another tutorial round-up, linking to all sorts of fun & classy Dino projects you can create on your own! There are plenty of dinosaur related kids crafts on the interwebs, so I searched long & hard for tutorials that would be great for adults who have a dino-loving-inner-child. 😉 After all, we could all use a few more dinosaur items around the house!
Presenting the dinosaur-diy-round-up:
- DIY Dino Lamp by With Dirt On Our Face
- Up-cycled Dinosaur Planter by Something Monumental
- Tiny Dinosaur Candles (in spanish, but plenty of photos, so easy to follow along!) by Pupila-Pixel
- Corn-asaurus Holders by Paging Fun Mums
- Dino Pencil Toppers by Adore
- Dinosaur Treat Tray by Three Little Monkeys Studio
- Dino-socks Tutorial by boysGerms
- Dinosaur Hoodie DIY by Ginger & George
I hope you all enjoyed today’s round-up!! Remember, when life gives you lemons, ROOOOOOAAARRRR!!!!!!
— Elise M. Gross