Q. What Were Dinosaurs?

A. Dinosaurs were reptiles that lived on earth many millions of years ago. Dinosaurs are among the  the most amazing creatures ever to have lived on earth and many of them look strange indeed.


Q. Why are they called dinosaurs?

A. When the first dinosaur fossils were found, scientists did not know what they were.  They thought the fossils belonged to very large lizards.  Scientists often use Greek or Latin words to describe new discoveries.  The word “dinosaur” is Greek for “terrible lizard”


Q. How many types are there?

A. At least 700 different types of dinosaur have been found and named,and there are probably hundreds of others that have not yet been discovered.