Monday, October 20, 2008
What is a Dinosaur?
Some of you have probably wondered what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur. You're like: "Well, a Pterodactyl lived in the same time periods as the dinosaurs, so why isn't it one?" Well, in that case, you are correct about them living in the same time period, but, it's NO Dinosaur. A Dinosaur was a special reptile that had evolved legs directly under their hips , just like people. This allowed them to walk upright, reach high speeds, and reach the size some of them grew to. Some were very bird-like. They couldn't fly, or even swim for that matter. Paleontologists even get into heated and pretty darn fierce debates over whether they were endothermic (warm-blooded) or ectothermic (cold-blooded). This deals with what kind of heart they had, their skeletal structure. This lets them theorize about behavior and so on and so forth. I won't get into that at the moment, readers. I've already answered your common question. "What makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur?" Well, now you know. (If you don't like the way they are classified, don't get mad at me 'cause I didn't make it up.) And, hey, if you want a more detailed explanation, go to my friend Traumador's blog. (http://traumador.blogspot.com/)