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Do you know your Alectrosaurus from your Zuniceratops?

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  1. What is the correct order of the Mesozoic era?

    Jurassic - Cretaceous - Triassic
    Triassic - Cretaceous - Jurassic
    Triassic - Jurassic - Cretaceous
    Cretaceous - Jurassic - Triassic
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Triassic - Jurassic - Cretaceous

    The Mesozoic Era lasted about 180 million years, and is divided into three periods, the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous.

    Triassic - Jurassic - Cretaceous
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  2. Humans are closer in time to the tyrannosaurus rex than the tyrannosaurus rex was to the stegosaurus. True or false?

    TRUE
    TRUE
    FALSE
    FALSE
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    TRUE

    The Stegosaurus lived 150 million years ago, while the T-Rex lived only 65 million years ago. Practically yesterday.

    TRUE
    Via Wikipedia
  3. Which of the five ornithiscian lineages includes iguanadons and hadrosaurs?

    Ornithipods
    Ceratopsians
    Pachycephalosaurus
    Stegosaurs
    Ankylosaurs
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Ornithopods

    Ornithopoda means "bird feet", referring to their characteristic three-toed feet. This clade was also characterized by having no armour and the development of a horny beak.

    Ornithopods
    Via Wikipedia
  4. Taphonomy is...

    ...the study of the skin, muscle and flesh that surrounds bones.
    ...the study of everything between the time of death and when the fossil is unearthed.
    ...the study of how a dinosaur died based on fossilized evidence.
    ...the study of how the current environment differs from when the fossil was alive.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Taphonomy is the study of what happens to an organism after its death and until its discovery as a fossil.

    This includes decomposition, post-mortem transport, burial, compaction, and other chemical, biologic, or physical activity which affects the remains of the organism.

    Taphonomy is the study of what happens to an organism after its death and until its discovery as a fossil.
    Via Wikipedia
  5. What is the ideal landscape for a fossil to form?

    Dry sandy plains so the wind can blow sediment to bury the dinosaur
    Forests so plant roots and soil and decompose the flesh, leaving only the skeleton
    Mountainside so the dinosaur is left in the open to become fossilized
    Wetlands so the dinosaur will be buried in mud which will solidify, preserving the fossil
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Wetlands

    Dinosaurs that died in wetlends such as floodplains or on riverbanks were often buried by mud during a flood. This silt and mud remained above the skeleton, allowing it fossilize. Other environments did not protect the skeleton before it turned to dust, allowed microbes to decompose the skeleton, or did not allow the fossil to be buried at all.

    Wetlands
    Via Wikipedia
  6. The teeth of a fossil indicate the animal's main diet. An elongated jaw with conical teeth suggests a piscivore which eats:

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Fish

    A piscivore is a carnivorous animal which eats primarily fish. The other diets are carnivore (meat), herbivore (plants), omnivore (both), and insectivore (insects).

  7. Fossilized dinosaur droppings are known as

    Guano
    Coprolite
    Fecacil
    Gastris
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Coprolite

    A coprolite is fossilized feces. The name is derived from the Greek words κόπρος (kopros, meaning "dung") and λίθος (lithos, meaning "stone").

    Coprolite
    Via Wikipedia
  8. How would a faculative quadriped walk?

    On two legs only
    Only four legs only
    Mainly on two legs, but sometimes on four legs
    Mainly on four legs, but sometimes on two legs
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Mainly on two legs, but sometimes on four legs

    Adapted primarily for walking on two legs, but able to walk on four legs.

    Mainly on two legs, but sometimes on four legs
    Via Wikipedia
  9. What is an "ichnofossil"?

    The fossilized remains of an aquatic animal
    The rocks that are found surrounding a fossil
    A fossil that is found underwater
    Any track or trail left behind by a living organism
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A track or trail left behind by a living organism

    This includes footprints and burrows.

    A track or trail left behind by a living organism
    Via Wikipedia
  10. When studying dinosaurs, what are LAGs?

    Lines of Arrested Growth
    Leg and Arm Gradings
    Lymphatically Attached Gastralia
    Limbs with Additional Graviport
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Lines of Arrested Growth

    During winter, periods of slower growth due to reduced food supply mean fewer osteons are added to bone structures. Cyclically, this resembles tree trunks when the fossils are sliced thinly and creates rings that help determine the age at which a dinosaur died.

    Lines of Arrested Growth

Are You Secretly A Paleontologist?

dinosaur amateur

You still call diplodocus the "long neck" and tyrannosaurus rex the "sharp tooth", don't you? If you are a secret paleontologist, you are hiding it very well.

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casual dinosaur enthusiast

You can tell the difference between a stegosaurus and a triceratops, but I bet you believe the dilophosaurus had a frill and spat poison, right? Don't give up your day job, dinosaurs are not your true calling.

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dinosaur afficianado

You love dinosaurs! You rolled your eyes at Indominus Rex, and you side-eyed the inclusion of the Mosasaurus - but at the heart of it, you are you really passionate about dinosaurs. With a bit more study, you could totally become a paleontologist!

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secret paleontologist

Congratulations! You are totally a secret paleontologist! Or you are Jack Horner....? "Sam Neill plays Alan Grant, and Alan Grant is supposed to be... me." - Jack Horner

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