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Prehistoric Life Algae: primitive plants, usually seen living in water.

Ammonite: an extinct relative of the octopus that lived in a coiled shell.

Amphibian: an animal that can live in water and on land.

Archosaurs:the group of reptiles including dinosaurs and pterosaurs, and the modern crocodiles.

Arthropod: an animal with jointed legs, such as insects, spiders, scorpions and crustaceans.

Bipedal: walks on two legs.

Bipeds: animals walking on two legs.

Brachiopods: common fossils that look like clams but are more closely related to crustaceans.

Cambrian Period: an early part of the Earth's history, when many of the first animals appeared.

Carnivore: a meat-eating animal.

Cenozoic Period: the period of time from the extinction of the dinosaurs up to the present day.

Cold-bl ooded: describes an animal that depends on the Sun's warmth to heat its body.

Continental drift: the gradual movement of the land masses.

Cretaceous Period: the last part of the time when dinosaurs were alive.

Dinosaurs: one of a group of highly advanced reptiles, which probably evolved into birds.

Erosion: the wearing-away of rocks by water, wind and weather.

Evolution: the gradual change in a species to adapt to its environment.

Exoskeleton: the hard external armour of arthropods like insects, spiders, crustaceans and trilobites.

Genes: the instructions carried within a cell that contain the complete blueprint of a living creature.

Genus: a closely related group of animals.

Gizzard: an organ found in birds and probably present in some dinosaurs. It is used to grind food, sometimes with the help of grit or pebbles.

Hadrosaur: a large bipedal dinosaur with a flattened duck-like beak.
Invertebrates: animals without backbones, such as Arthropods and worms.

Iridium: a rare metallic element that is present in large amounts in rocks formed around the time when dinosaurs and other reptiles became extinct. It may have been deposited by a meteor or asteroid strike.

Jurassic Period: the middle part of the period when dinosaurs were alive.

Living fossil: an animal that has not changed over millions of years.

Mammal: an animal that gives birth to live young and nourishes them with milk.

Marsupial: a mammal that rears its young in a pouch, like the kangaroo.

Mesozoic Era: the whole time when the dinosaurs thrived.

Ornithopod: a plant-eating dinosaur that generally walked on two legs.The name refers to the shape of its hip bones.

Palaeontology: the study of fossils.

Palaeozoic Era: the time when fish, amphibians and reptiles first appeared.

Precambrian Period: the period of time from the formation of the Earth until the very first appearance of the early forms of life.

Predator: a meat-eating animal that kills other animals for food.

Pterosaur: a warm-blooded flying reptile.

Reptile: a cold-blooded (probably) animal that breeds on land.

Sauropod: a very large plant-eating dinosaur, usually with an extremely long neck and tail.

Sedimentary rock: rock produced from layers of mud and sand.

Species: a particular type of animal.

Theropod: a predatory dinosaur that walked on two legs.

Triassic Period: the first part of the age of the dinosaurs.

Vertebra: one of the bony rings that make up the spine.

Vertebrates: animals with backbones, such as fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Warm-blooded: a term that describes an animal that is able to maintain its body heat by the heat-generating processes inside its body.

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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 04 January '12

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