T_Rex_castIf your family has seen the new Night at the Museum movie that came out last week or the trailer for the new Jurassic Park movie (or even if you didn’t), you might know some kids who are excited about dinosaurs. But while dinosaurs are certainly very popular with kids (and adults), there might be some things that you don’t know about them. For instance, when you think of a dinosaur, you probably think of a huge, lizard-like creature. However, even though the word “dinosaur” means “terrible lizard,” dinosaurs weren’t lizards—in fact, they’re more closely related to birds. From looking at blood vessels in dinosaur fossils, some scientists even believe that dinosaurs were warm-blooded like birds and mammals today. Dinosaurs aren’t all big, too—while some were huge, others were as small as a chicken. What’s more, the dinosaur that your kids might be most familiar with—Tyrannosaurus rex—wasn’t the biggest one by a long shot. Long-necked sauropods, like brachiosaurus (formerly called brontosaurus), are the biggest animals to ever live on land. Let us know what your family learns from Zoobooks Dinosaurs!

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