One of the most fascinating creatures to have ever existed on our plant is undoubtedly dinosaurs. For decades these remarkable creatures have intrigued generations of people. Movies, documentaries and books, have given us a lot of information about dinosaurs that we have all greedily lapped up these past several years. However, from the all varied popular details we have about these creatures, there are several ones which aren’t true. In fact, many of them are nothing but myths. Here, we have listed seven dinosaur myths that you need to know for them to be busted.
All dinosaurs were scaly: The images of dinosaurs from movies and some documentaries that we have is that all of these pre-historic beings were scaly. However, a number of paleontologists over the last two decades have dashed that myth and have uncovered various species of dinosaurs that had feathers. Curiously though, these feathered dinos were essentially flightless.
Dinosaurs were mammoth creatures: Yes, there were countless of dinosaurs that were huge, massive even. However, the large dinos that we have seen on the screen weren’t the only ones to have lived. There were innumerable dinosaurs that were really, really small. In fact, paleontologists have established that there were several species of dinosaurs that weighed just 200 g. An apt example of this is an Epidexipteryx which weighed only 165g.
Dinosaurs existed in a warm environment only: This was a long believed theory which has very recently been disproved. It has now been ascertained that dinosaurs could in fact survive in extreme cold temperatures as well. This theory came to light especially after a Cryolophosaurus fossil was found out in the South Pole. Near this fossil, paleontologists also found various other dino skeletons, hence establishing that these creatures could thrive in acute cold conditions too.
All pre-historic reptiles were dinosaurs: When we speak of pre-historic reptiles we tend to automatically assume that all of them were dinosaurs. This is far from the truth. Studies have revealed that only close to 10 % reptiles in the Mesozoic Era (the period in which the dinosaurs first appeared) were actually dinosaurs. The rest – a large plethora of them – were myriad species of other animals.
All the dinosaurs lived together at the same time: Did you know that the hugely renowned dinosaurs Tyrannosaurus and Brontosaurus actually lived 65 million years apart from each other? Yes, that is true. There were scores of other species of dinos that were born several million years apart and hence the oft-believed notion that all the dinosaurs lived together at the same time is an exaggerated myth.
The word dinosaur means “terrible-lizard”: It really does not. In 1842, paleontologist Richard Owen used the Greek word “deinos” to name dinosaurs which actually meant “fearfully-great.” What he hence wanted to express was ‘fearfully great lizards’. But over a period of time, the meaning was curtailed to just ‘terrible lizard’. However, dinosaurs are reptiles and not lizards. So the term does not stand true in any case.
Humans and dinosaurs existed at the same time: This is another very common myth made hugely popular by films and several sci-fi books. It is, however, a false belief. Fact is that humans and dinosaurs never ever co-existed. Humans came into being 62 million years after the last dinosaur had been died out from the face of the earth.