How Much Do You Know About The Land Before Time? Take This Quiz About Dinosaurs to Find Out!

Not everything you think you know about dinosaurs is correct. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the giants that ruled the earth millions of years ago.

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Which of the following species is the sole survivor of the mass extinction that took place as the previous ice age was coming to an end?

North American lion

Woolly rhinoceros



The only species on this list to have survived the drastic changes brought on by the end of the last ice age and the rise of humans is the muskox

What current armored animal’s enormous ancestor roamed the continent during the Ice Age?

Horned lizard




A large armored animal from the Ice Age, the glyptodon, sometimes known as the gigantic armadillo, was about the size of a small car.

Which of the following defense mechanisms is not thought to be frequent among prey dinosaurs?


Bony armor

Poisonous when eaten

Spiked tail

Poisonous when eaten
Although there isn’t concrete proof that dinosaurs were deadly when consumed, they are known to occasionally have horns, spiked tails, and bone plate-like armor.

Where were the first dinosaur bones discovered, about 4,000 years ago?





As early as 300 AD, there is written documentation of dinosaur bones that Chinese villagers mistook for “dragon bones.”

Based on fossil evidence, which of the following is NOT thought to have lived in North America?

Woolly rhinoceros

Short-faced Bear

Giant beaver

Woolly mammoth

Woolly rhinoceros
The woolly rhinoceros has only been discovered in Europe and Asia, while relics of the big beaver, woolly mammoth, and short-faced bear have only been discovered in North America.

Mammoths had a hump on their backs behind the cranium. What use did this hump serve?

To protect against predator bites

To attract a mate

To store fat for the cold winter

To store water for the frozen winter

To store fat for the cold winter
Gene research reveals that the mammoth’s hump served as a storage area for fat reserves that were accumulated throughout the summer and utilized during the winter, similar to the camel.

What potential role may plant-eating dinosaurs have in global warming?

They gave off an excessive amount of body heat

They produced a lot of methane as a by-product of the food they ate

Their massive bodies destroyed plants and trees

They contributed to the cause of forest fires

They produced a lot of methane as a by-product of the food they ate
Large plant-eating dinosaurs are thought to have contributed about 4.2 pounds of methane per day to the atmosphere. More than carbon dioxide, methane is a major greenhouse gas that accelerates global warming.

It has long been believed that scales coated the skin of dinosaurs. Recent research indicates that at least 30 species of dinosaurs, and maybe all species, actually had THIS covering their skin.





Recently discovered dinosaur body parts preserved in amber exhibit complete feathers on their skin.

How long on average did a saber-toothed tiger’s canine teeth grow?

9 inches

8 inches

20 inches

10 inches

8 inches
The canine teeth of the saber-toothed tiger were usually between 6 and 8 inches long.

Which of the following Ice Age creatures was one of the biggest terrestrial mammals ever, standing up to 20 feet tall and with 20-inch-long claws?

Giant ground sloth

Ice Age Camels

Giant beaver

Dire wolf

Giant ground sloth
Even though they typically moved on all fours, the largest massive ground sloths weighed approximately 9000 pounds and could reach heights of 20 feet.

Which dinosaur family was the largest?





In terms of weight and length, sauropods were the biggest. The biggest were over 100,000 pounds and almost 90 feet long!

The word “megafauna” is frequently used to refer to Ice Age fauna. How do you define megafauna?

Large plant eaters

Big animals

Many groups of animals

Wide-winged animals

Big animals
The term “megafauna” combines the two roots “mega,” which means “great or big,” and “fauna,” which refers to animals or to a place, time, or group.

Although they don’t know for sure, scientists have a good concept of when dinosaurs became extinct. When did dinosaurs essentially become extinct?

5 years ago.

66 million years ago.

65 million years ago.

55 million years ago.

66 million years ago.
Approximately 66 million years ago, an asteroid collision likely caused the rapid extinction of dinosaurs.

The fossil remnants of this animal show a relationship between dinosaurs and birds.





The name “archaeopteryx,” which means “ancient wing” in Greek, refers to the earliest bird species that has ever been discovered.

Which of the following incredible achievements may have been accomplished by the apatosaurus, a big herbivore with a long neck and long tail, according to recent research?

Wrap around tree limbs and climb up

Dig up roots

Create a sonic boom

Carry eggs that are incubating

Create a sonic boom
These magnificent dinosaurs are thought to have been able to move their tail at supersonic speeds in order to produce a sonic boom.

The teratorn is believed to be the largest bird ever to fly, about how much do scientist believe adult teratorns weighed?

160 pounds

50 pounds

100 pounds

40 pounds

160 pounds
It is estimated that adult teratorns weighed between 160 and 175 pounds.

Scientists think they have calculated the approximate top speed of a fully grown Tyrannosaurus using computer simulation. What is the top running speed of these dinosaurs?

60 MPH

18 MPH

65 MPH


18 MPH
Although they are sometimes portrayed as having quick feet, their top speed is currently estimated to be 18 MPH, which is lower than the top speed of many humans. Usain Bolt set a human speed record of 27.8 MPH.

Which sequence is proper for categorizing the various dinosaur time periods?

Cenozoic, Permian, Denovian

Cretaceous, Triassic, Jurassic

Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous

Jurassic, Cretaceous, Triassic

Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous
Between 252 and 201 million years ago, the Triassic epoch existed. From 201 to 152 million years ago, the Jurassic, and from 152 to 66 million years ago, the Cretaceous.

The first assembled entire T-Rex skeleton is on display at the Burpee Museum in Rockford, Illinois. What was the name given to this creature?





In 2001, Jane was found in Montana. The skeleton was ultimately put on display after four years of preparation.

The dire wolf resembles the grey wolf in terms of size and shape. Which of the following statements on the comparison between dire and grey wolves is FALSE?

The dire wolf had a stronger bite

The dire wolf was more muscular

The dire wolf had a smaller brain

The dire wolf was faster

The dire wolf was faster
Due to its slower speed and shorter legs than grey wolves, dire wolves eventually went extinct.

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