1. The first dinosaur to be named
The first dinosaur to be named was Megalosaurus. Named in 1824 by the Reverend William Buckland, Megalosaurus means 'big lizard' and was about 9 metres long and 3 metres tall.
2. The first dinosaur found in the United States
In 1854, Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden first discovered dinosaur remains in North America while exploring the upper Missouri River. He found a small number of teeth which were later described by Joseph Leidy in 1856 as belonging to Trachodon, Troodon and Deinodon.
3. The tallest dinosaur
The tallest dinosaurs are the lizard-footed dinosaurs of the Brachiosauridae family. Their front legs were longer than their hind legs, giving them a giraffe-like stance. This, combined with their extremely long necks held vertically, meant that they could navigate the tallest trees. Brachiosaurus - the most famous of the group - stood 13 m. Sauroposeidon was huge and may have grown to 18.5 m tall, making it the tallest dinosaur.
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4. The largest pterosaur
With a wingspan of 13 metres, Sauroposeidon was probably the largest pterosaur, and therefore the largest flying creature ever to have lived. Despite its size, it weighed no more than 100 kg. Its only competition may be Arambourgiania, which is known from only one bone, but when enlarged the whole pterosaur may have been larger. The pterosaur was not a dinosaur.
5. The longest dinosaur
The longest dinosaur was Argentinosaurus, which was over 40 metres long, as long as four fire engines. It was part of the Titanosaurus group of dinosaurs. Its remains were found in Argentina, South America.
6. The smallest dinosaur
The smallest fully developed dinosaur fossil is a small bird-rumped herbivore like Lysosaurus, which was only the size of a chicken. Smaller fossil examples have been found, but these are all small dinosaurs.
7. The smartest dinosaurs
One of the most intelligent dinosaurs is the Wounded Tooth dinosaur. It was a hunting dinosaur, about 2 metres long, with a brain similar in size to that of today's mammals or birds, with stereoscopic vision and grasping hands.
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8. The heaviest dinosaur
The heaviest dinosaur was Argentinosaurus, weighing 77 tonnes. This is equivalent to 17 African elephants. The Argentinosaurus was a double crown and the longest dinosaur. It is also the largest land animal ever to have lived.
9. The most ferocious dinosaurs
Tyrannosaurus rex appears to have been the fiercest of all dinosaurs, but in terms of overall cunning, determination and a vicious array of weapons, Utahraptor was probably the fiercest. At around 7 metres long, the Utahraptor was a very powerful, agile and intelligent predator.
10. The fastest dinosaur
The fastest dinosaurs were ostriches that mimicked bird-like species such as Dromiceiomimus, which could run at speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour.
11. What killed the dinosaurs?
It is believed that the extinction of the dinosaurs was part of a mass extinction caused by two massive destructive events. The first of these was the collision of a meteorite landing on what is now the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico with the Earth. This was closely followed by a huge volcanic eruption that split what is now India in two.
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