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Quiz On Dinosaurs: Factual And Fictional

Dinosaurs’ incredible stories, like Jurassic Park and its blockbuster movie franchise, have piqued the interest of millions of people. Separating fact from fiction can be a difficult challenge on this quiz.

In Jurassic Park, scientists were able to resurrect dinosaurs by extracting their DNA from which material?

Salt Deposits

Amber

Concrete

Granite

Amber
The tainted dino DNA was discovered in the blood of insects preserved in amber, specifically mosquitos.

Let’s talk about Tyrannosaurus Rex, the King of the Dinosaurs. How long did a typical T-Rex live?

25 years

75 years

50 years

100 years

25 years
Most archeologists believe that a T-average Rex’s life span was between 20 and 30 years.

What creature in this image is known to be larger than the Tyrannosaurus Rex?

Argentinosaurus

Spinosaurus

Tarbosaurus

Utahraptor

Spinosaurus
Recent discoveries indicate that the Spinosaurus could have grown to 66 feet long!

Giant reptiles came in a variety of shapes and sizes. What kind of flying creature are we looking at?

Haopterus

Pteranodon

Pterodactyl

Archaeopteryx

Pterodactyl
Although flying reptiles are not technically dinosaurs, the Pterodactyl is one of the most well-known “dinosaurs.” A pterosaur is a proper name for it.

At the beginning of Jurassic Park, we see a Brachiosaurus eating tree leaves. Scientists were outraged by this scene because the Brachiosaurus did something “unrealistic.” What exactly did the creature do?

Made a loud honking sound.

Ate a smaller creature.

Extend itsโ€™ neck all the way.

Reared up on its hind legs while on land.

Reared up on its hind legs while on land.
The 85-foot-long, 30-foot-tall, 50-ton brachiosaur probably didn’t need or have the ability to rear up on two legs.

The Velociraptor is, without a doubt, one of the most well-known dinosaurs in the world. In which country was the Velociraptor discovered for the first time?

Mongolia

Japan

Vietnam

China

Mongolia
Velociraptors were discovered during an expedition to the Gobi Desert in Outer Mongolia in 1923.

The majority of dinosaurs had tiny brains. What fruit had a brain the size of an adult Stegosaurus?

Nectarine

Apple

Grapefruit

Lime

Lime
Stegosauruses had brains that were less than 3 ounces in size or the size of an average lime.

Scientists don’t know when dinosaurs died out, but they have an idea. When did the dinosaurs become extinct?

6.5 million years ago.

5 million years ago.

66 million years ago.

5,000 years ago.

66 million years ago.
Dinosaurs most likely died out suddenly 66 million years ago due to an asteroid impact.

The Burpee Museum in Rockford, Illinois, houses the world’s youngest complete T-Rex skeleton. What did they call this creature?

Tiffany

Jane

Rexina

Julia

Jane
Jane was discovered in 2001 in Montana. The skeleton was finally displayed after four years of preparation.

What is generally accepted as the cause of dinosaur extinction?

Rise of mankind.

Volcanic Eruption.

An Asteroid.

A Virus.

An Asteroid.
Around 66 million years ago, a giant asteroid likely caused the extinction of dinosaurs. The Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event, as it is known, wiped out all significant life.

Why are real dinosaur bones not commonly used in museum display exhibits?

They are too rare.

They are too brittle.

The bones are too heavy.

All of the above.

All of the above.
Despite the numerous dangers associated with exhibiting real fossils, many museums will include some “real” reinforced dinosaur bones to boost the exhibit’s authenticity.

Ancient Greece is where we get the word “dinosaur.” What exactly does the word mean?

Giant Monster

Terrible Lizard

Old Reptile

Great Creature

Terrible Lizard
Paleontologist Sir Richard Owen gave dinosaurs their official names in 1842. The roots are “deinos” and “sauros,” which together roughly translate to “terrible lizard.”

Many people developed an early love of dinosaurs and later wanted to pursue it professionally. What branch of science would you choose if you wanted to work studying dinosaurs?

Zoology

Paleobotany

Botany

Paleontology

Paleontology
The study of non-human life that existed before the Holocene Epoch, generally considered the modern era, is known as paleontology (11,000 years before the present).

Recalling Jurassic Park, from what era were most of the dinosaurs in the movie taken?

Triassic

Late Triassic

Cretaceous

Jurassic

Cretaceous
All three featured animals, velociraptors, triceratops, and T-rex, were alive in the late Cretaceous until roughly 66 million years ago.

Whose well-known author wrote the novel Jurassic Park?

Michael Crichton

Steven King

Tom Clancy

J.K. Rowling

Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton wrote Jurassic Park in 1990, which served as the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster.

We take the term “dinosaur” for granted, don’t we? Where did this great name come from?

Ian Malcolm

Sir Richard Owen

Joseph Leidy

Charles Darwin

Sir Richard Owen
In 1842, paleontologist Sir Richard Owen formally named dinosaurs.

While some dinosaurs were enormous, the majority were relatively small. Some dinosaurs were the size of chickens today! What are among the tiniest dinosaurs that we are aware of?

Compsognathus

Iguanodon

Velociraptor

Oviraptor

Compsognathus
Compsognathus was the smallest dinosaur species for many years, but today, other species are recognized to be even smaller.

What era of time did the Tyrannosaurus Rex live?

Cretaceous

Mesozoic

Jurassic

Triassic

Cretaceous
About 80 to 66 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous, the family Tyrannosauridae existed.

Which dinosaur family was the largest?

Thyreophora

Ornithopods

Sauropods

Theropods

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

Dinosaurs evolved a variety of defense mechanisms. What dino had fifteen horns for protection?

Eotriceratops

Kosmoceratops

Medusaceratops

Triceratops

Kosmoceratops
Of all the Ceratopsidae dinosaurs, Kosmoceratops has the most horns on its face.

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