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6 Amazing Facts About 6 Different Dinosaurs

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Stegosaurus. Image via Depositphotos

It’s difficult to comprehend what life on Earth was like millions and millions of years ago – here’s 6 amazing traits of 6 equally amazing (but very different) dinosaurs to give you an idea of what creatures used to inhabit our planet.

#1 T-Rex

Spinosaurus Vs. T-Rex
T-Rex. Image via Unsplash

When you think of dinosaurs it’s probably the Tyrannosaurus Rex that instinctually comes to mind. This is fully justified – after all it was one of the most massive and blood thirsty dinos around.

In line with its reputation of being a lethal killer, the T. Rex had an incredibly powerful bite. Scientists estimate that its bite could exert up to 12,800 pounds of force (for comparison, an alligator has a bite force of around 2,000.)

#2 Stegosaurus

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Stegosaurus. Image via Depositphotos

The Stegosaurus is easily recognizable by its row of kite-shaped plates rising vertically along its spine and its spiked tail.

While the Stegosaurus was a massive creature it still had a teeny tiny brain which was only about the size of a walnut. This is incredibly small, especially considering the dinosaur’s large body, which measured up to 30 feet long.

#3 Triceratops

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Triceratops. Image via Depositphotos

The Triceratops is easy to recognize with its two large horns above its eyes and a smaller one on its nose, alongside a sturdy frill.

Despite being a vegetarian, this dino had an impressive set of teeth. Their teeth were arranged in groups called batteries containing 36 to 40 columns in each jaw, with several teeth per column.

#4 Velociraptor

Velociraptor
Velociraptor. Image via Depositphotos

Popularized by movies as cunning and fast, the Velociraptor was smaller in real life, roughly the size of a turkey. Interestingly, Velociraptors had a large, sickle-shaped claw on each hind foot, which they used to tear into prey or grip it tightly. This claw was about 2.6 inches long and is a distinctive feature of the species.

#5 Diplodocus

Diplodocus
Diplodocus. Image via Depositphotos

The Diplodocus was one of the longest dinosaurs ever and could reach up to 175 feet from head to tail.

Its most interesting trait was its whip-like tail, which some scientists believe could be cracked like a whip to create a sound loud enough to deter predators or communicate with other Diplodocus.

#6 Iguanodon

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Iguanodon. Image via Depositphotos

Iguanodon was one of the first dinosaur species to be discovered and recognized due to its distinctive thumb spikes. These thumb spikes were likely used as a defense mechanism against predators.

Each spike could be as long as 6 inches and made for a great weapon for fending off enemies.

Amazing Traits of Dinosaurs: Wrapping Up

Each of these ancient creatures are impressive in their own right – but which one are you most amazed by?

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