Over on Reddit, folks are sharing awesome facts, cool details, and interesting tidbits about dinosaurs. From weird facts about fossils to recent discoveries about the Spinosaurus, here are a few fun facts about ancient dinos that blew our minds.
Velociraptors Are Much Smaller Than Depicted In Movies
Posted by u/doublestitch:
An actual velociraptor was more like a turkey with attitude: around the size of a Thanksgiving roaster with feathers, teeth, and claws.252Cool dino fact?
Scientists Grew Birds With Dino Faces
Posted by u/Linzerj:
There was a study done a few years ago where scientists grew chicken embryos that had dinosaur faces - a rounded snout and teeth instead of a beak. They did this by altering gene expression in the developing embryos, so the snouts came out looking more like an alligator than a traditional bird.3212Cool dino fact?
Spinosaurus Was Bigger Than A Tyrannosaurus Rex
Posted by u/Heil-Sithis:
[A]n ultra-rare skeleton of a dinosaur called Spinosaurus that was the only one of its kind (not complete, but only evidence of it)... got destroyed during WWII when bombs fell on the museum in Germany.
Only recently another intact skeleton has been found in North Africa [that] was more complete and gave some clues about where it lived and how it got so big.
It was bigger than a T. rex.2511Cool dino fact?
Spinosaurus Had A Tadpole Tail
Posted by u/Toby_Creates:
Recently Spinosaurus was discovered to have a tadpole-like tail. It has been known for a while that it was mostly an aquatic animal (even Jurassic Park III showed that), but it was always depicted with the standard lizard-like dinosaur tail.218Cool dino fact?