FYI:

Did you know that pterodactyls are not dinosaurs? There were no flying dinosaurs! So what exactly is a dinosaur?

Richard Owen, a British scientist, coined the term "dinosaur" in 1842. It comes from a combination of the Greek words "deinos," meaning "fearfully great," and "sauros," meaning "lizard." Put them together and you get "fearfully great lizard."

Dinosaurs aren't really lizards, though. Lizards, like all reptiles, walk with their legs sprawled out to the side, giving them that characteristic kind of slithering waddle. Dinosaurs, on the other hand, walked with their legs directly under their bodies -- the first animals to do so! The position of their legs under their bodies also gave them a more upright posture than lizards and all reptiles have.

Dinosaur legs were different from reptile legs in other ways too: rather than pointing sideways, their front legs had backward-pointing knees and their back legs had forward- pointing knees. In addition, their front legs tended to be shorter and lighter than their rear legs.

Other characteristics of dinosaurs include egg-laying and land-dwelling. That means that no dinosaurs swam in oceans, lakes or rivers, or flew in the sky!

Dinosaurs roamed the earth for about 160 million years and then disappeared. Still today no one knows for sure exactly why they disappeared, but there are several theories.

The period of time during which dinosaurs lived is known as the Mesozoic era. This period, which lasted from 265 to 65 million years ago, consisted of three smaller time periods -- Triassic, Jurassic, and the Cretaceous. The Tyrannosaurus Rex lived during the Jurassic period.

If your child would like to read about dinosaurs, here are some books about them!

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Dinosaurs (Discovery Kids)
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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)
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Volcanoes! (National Geographic Readers)
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For more dinosaur books, visit the dinosaur book page at Gifts for Learning

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 : Animal Planet's Big Tub of Dinosaurs, 40+ Piece Set
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Animal Planet's Big Tub of Dinosaurs, 40+ Piece Set
from: Toys R Us

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It's a simple fact: kids love dinosaurs. And this dino-packed set from the folks at Animal Planet delivers the goods. Various prehistoric critters roam this simulated landscape, which is replete with palm trees, ponds, and spooky-looking rocks. The set is even portable, so when you're ready to reenact extinction, simply fold it and go.


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Smithsonian Diggin' Up Dinosaurs T-Rex
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 : Dinosaurs  and  Things Board Game
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Dinosaurs and Things Board Game
from: TaliCor

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Dinosaurs appeal to kids of all ages. Dinosaurs and Things, with four game levels, is equally appealing. Each game lets you travel back to the prehistoric world. Included is a full-color game board depicting the geological ages of prehistoric life, four "fossilized" playing pieces, 36 dinosaur cutouts and three decks of question cards. Also includes a bibliography of dinosaur books and more.

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This board game, which can be played at four different levels of complexity, is a good way to introduce young kids to prehistoric life on earth. It's played a bit like Candyland: You roll a die and move your fossil playing piece over colored spaces. Progress around the board coincides with the extraordinary evolution of dinosaurs that roamed the planet as far back as 570 million years ago. As the animals adapt and change, players can land on squares that advance their path ("Develop lungs. Swim ahead three spaces.") or hold them back ("Bitten by Plesiosaurus. Paddle back two spaces."). When you land on a creature, collect the matching creature cutout and place it on its skeleton on your side of the board. The winning player is the first to collect all nine of his or her allotted cutouts. (In more advanced levels of the game, players have to answer questions about the dinosaur before collecting the cutout.) --Tom Keogh


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 : Dino-Opoly Monopoly Board Game
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Dino-Opoly Monopoly Board Game
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DINO-Opoly is a game based on those fascinating creatures of times gone by, the Dinosaurs. It has all the fun of a traditional property trading game with some prehistoric twists. The game board features everyone's favorite dinosaurs from giant-sized herbivores to teeny tiny carnivores. Players trade their fossils in for a dino bone to be the big winner in dino-opoly. Each dino deed features fun facts about that particular dinosaur.


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Zoomer Dino, Jurassic world INDOMINUS REX-Collectible Robotic Edition
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Unleash the stealthy, aggressive and unpredictable nature of Indominus Rex in your home. Featuring real sounds from the Jurassic World film and color changing eyes that communicate mood, the Indominus rex Collectible Robotic Edition is the most hauntingly realistic Zoomer Dino around.


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Search Schleich Tyrannosaurus Rex
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Search Dinosaur Toy Model Dinosaur Figure, Brachiosaurus
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