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USGS Dinosaurs: Facts and Fiction

By Linda C. Joseph - Posted Jul 1, 2015
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For July 1, 2015: The movie "Jurassic World" broke box office records when it opened in theaters worldwide. So the fascination with dinosaurs is alive and well and that leads to lots of questions. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) website Dinosaurs: Facts and Fiction is a good starting point.

From a scientific viewpoint the study of dinosaurs is important both for understanding the causes of past major extinctions of land animals and for understanding the changes in biological diversity caused by previous geological and climatic changes of the Earth. These changes are still occurring today. A wealth of new information about dinosaurs has been learned over the past 30 years, and science's old ideas of dinosaurs as slow, clumsy beasts have been totally turned around. This page contains answers to some frequently asked questions about dinosaurs, with current ideas and evidence to correct some long-lived popular misconceptions. Although much has been discovered recently about dinosaurs, there is still a great deal more to learn about our planet and its ancient inhabitants.

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