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Common Misconceptions

Scientists (palaeontologists) have been trying to learn more about dinosaurs for years. However, sometimes new evidence is unearthed that disproves old theories about dinosaurs. Learning new dinosaur facts is great, but it also leads to some older misconceptions.

Dinosaurs are really fascinating creatures, which means that Hollywood loves to make movies and entertainment all about prehistoric times. Sometimes Hollywood changes some of the dinosaur facts so that the movies are more interesting, but this also gives the public some misinformation.

Below are some common misconceptions in bold and the actual theories about dinosaurs.

All dinosaurs are extinct...

cassowary
A cassowary is a type of Australian bird.
Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

Dinosaurs looked like reptiles with scaley skin...

Dinosaurs lived during the ice age...

Dinosaurs and cave people lived together...

Some dinosaurs live underwater...

Pterodactyls are flying dinosaurs...

hanging pterodactyl fossil
A hanging pterodactyl fossil.
Photographed by Renaud LEON;
used with permission under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0