Since the discovery of the first dinosaur bone by scientists, dinosaurs have been the focus of fascination, curiosity, and even mysticism for over 300 years. Dinosaur Day is a day for teachers, students, and general dinosaur lovers to celebrate their achievements and learn more about them.
Scientists have estimated that non-bird dinosaurs were present on the planet between 245 and 66 million years ago. This was millions of years before human history.
The Mesozoic Era is the era when dinosaurs lived. It is a geological age that can also be broken down into Triassic Jurassic and Cretaceous. This could have been when all of the earth’s land was in one place, but it was eventually divided into several parts that are now called the modern continents.
According to some estimates, dinosaurs disappeared from the Earth 65 million years ago. This could have been due to volcanic eruptions, climate change, and the impact of an asteroids. Unfortunately, we can’t make any educated guesses as to what happened.
Robert Plot, a naturalist from Oxford, discovered the first evidence that dinosaurs existed on Earth in 1677. Plot didn’t know the exact origin of the bone, so his best guess was that it came from a giant human.
A fossil from a dinosaur was discovered more than 100 years later by William Buckland, who became the first professor of geology at Oxford University. He discovered teeth, jaw, and limb bones in 1815. Later, he continued his explorations with more bones. He concluded that the bones were from an extinct creature in 1824.
Buckland initially thought this species was an ancient lizard. He called it “Megalosaurus”. The second fossil was named in 1820s because it looked like an iguana.
This fossil family was eventually grouped together by Sir Richard Owen in 1842. He called it “Dinosauria”, which translates to “terrible Lizard”. Owen would later go on to create London’s Natural History Museum, which is famous for its collection of dinosaur bones.
It is not surprising that creatures with such a mysterious past would be a fascination for even the most educated scientists. Children and adults of all ages enjoy learning about dinosaurs and their lives, as well as what they ate.
Dinosaur Day allows us to remember and celebrate this fascinating and mysterious species of creatures that predated humans on the planet.
Children and adults can both enjoy the adventure and fun of Dinosaur Day. There are tons of educational and creative activities for everyone to choose from.
There is nothing better than getting to spend time with dinosaurs, and then seeing a lot of old dinosaur bones as part of Dinosaur Day. You can get up close to these fascinating characters by heading to a local museum or further afield.
These are the top dinosaur museums around the globe.
You want your kids to be up-to-date on all things happening in the world, even the dinosaur world. NatGeo for Kids, also known as National Geographic Magazine for Kids, is a great way to keep your kids interested in science and nature, including their favorite dinosaurs.
If you’re not feeling up to celebrating Dinosaur Day, there are some delightful films featuring dinosaurs that can be enjoyed at home.