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In this Fun Facts Friday, we are looking at some of the most deadliest of dinosaurs to roam the Earth, Theropods. So get your little ones and settle down for this ROARSOME fact finding mission.
We've heard about the T-Rex, but when were they on Earth? How many teeth did they have? What size were they? Lets find out . . .
Just what are Theropods?
Theropods are a group of powerful predators who roamed the Earth in the late Cretaceous Period (70 - 112 million years ago). They were fierce killing machines who moved quickly on two legs and were equipped with strong jaws and sharp claws. In this group of dinosaurs, we would find the Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex), Spinosaurus and Therizinosaurus.
The Tyrannosarus Rex made it's way up to the top of the Cretaceous food chain. It was the strongest of any of the meat-eating dinosuars and was armed with more than 60 bone-crushing teeth! Frightening! The biggest teeth were roughly 20 cm long.
A Tyrannosaurus Rex could swallow up to 500lb of meat in one go. That's equivalent to an average sized tiger!
The Spinosaurus was the largest of the land meat-eaters, measuring in at 52 feet tall (that is massive) and had 3 sharp claws on the end of their muscular arms!
The Spinosaurus was the only dinosaur built for swimming which allowed it to hunt for prey in the rivers.
The Spinosaurus was not only big, but also very heavy weighing in at four times the weight of an elephant.
The Therizinosurus was covered in feathers and had very long vicious claws, which were used to keep predators away . It looked quite bird like with it's beaky snout.
Whilst the Theropods are known for the meat-eating tendancies, the Therizinosurus was a herbivore, which means it had a plant-based diet.
All toothed dinosaurs continually grew and replaced their teeth throughout their lives. The Tyrannasaurus Rex had a bite that was 50 times more powerful than a human's!
How do I say their names? Capitalised letters means you say this part of the name a little bit LOUDER!
Tyrannosaurus Rex (tie-RAN-oh-SAW-rus rex) which means tyrant lizard king
Spinosaurus (SPINE-oh-SAW-rus) which means spiny lizard
Therizinosaurus (thair-uh-ZEEN-uh-SAW-rus) which means scythe lizard
Ask your child to draw their favourite Theropod.
Don't forget to send us a photo of their drawing, your child might just win a tub of dinosaur poo!!
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