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Dinosaur Database


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Assembled using a database complied by paleontologists, Dinosaur Database supplies names, downloadable images (full color and line), and facts about 1082 creatures (dinosaurs and more) that roamed Earth during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. The website can supplement an elementary unit on dinosaurs.

Creatures can be searched by name or browsed by period or region. Note: the search function will not let users enter a name in the usual fashion. It will recognize possibilities as letters are entered and offer possible targets. Use the Interactive Globe to place a animal on Earth as it appeared when the creature lived. Use the special function to encounter a Random Dinosaur.

An example entry for the Velociraptor,  a carnivore that lived during the Cretaceous period, inhabited what is now Asia. This entry includes many speculative renditions of what velociraptors might have looked like given the growing evidence that at least some dinosaurs had feather-like structures. The most recent addition is fully feathered. Other images are familiar to anyone who has watched the Jurassic park movies. All images include source URLs. The entry page provides a map section showing where fossils have been found and links to the interactive globe as well as more Asian and Cretaceous period dinosaurs.

Some creature entries include citations for additional information.

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