Summer Reading Challenge 2020 - Dinosaurs

Fossil hunting for dinosaurs

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Last summer I went on holiday to Dorset and did something I had wanted to do for ages… I went fossil hunting! I was on the Jurassic coast and I imagined dinosaur bones sticking out of the cliffs. After searching for an afternoon, I didn’t find any, but I did see some amazing fossils that other people had recently found on the same beach. There was a huge mammoth tooth from an animal that had been walking right on the same beach as me more than 10,000 years ago (mind boggling!)

So I decided to read about all of the dinosaurs that had lived in what is now Britain from around 250 to 65 million years ago (even more mind boggling!).

Top 5 dinosaur facts:

  • Britain’s biggest Jurassic dinosaur was probably the Cetiosaurus. It was nearly as long as 2 double-decker buses
  • Megalosaurus was a huge carnivore (I wouldn’t like to be chased by that!)
  • Plesiosaurus lived in the water and some people think that the Loch Ness monster could possibly be one of these..
  • A bird shaped dinosaur is the smallest one found in Britain, it is between 33-40cm in length
  • Birds are living relatives of dinosaurs, so you can still see dinosaurs today!

Maybe you could draw or make the funniest, silliest, cutest or scariest dinosaur you can think of.


Article posted 28 July 2020

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