Specialist: dinosaurs

From the quiz on 11/8/15.

  1. Which genus of dinosaur has a Greek name that literally means “double beam”, in reference to species’ distinctive chevron tail bones? Diplodocus

  2. What nickname, after the palaeontologist who discovered it in South Dakota in 1990, is given to the most complete and best-preserved T. rex fossil ever discovered? Sue

  3. Which British actor narrated the 1999 six-part BBC documentary series Walking with Dinosaurs? Kenneth Branagh

  4. Which 19th-century American palaeontologist, well-known for his fierce rivalry with Edward Cope in the so-called Bone Wars, discovered, described and named the genera Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and many others? Othniel Marsh

  5. What is the name of the crater preserved underneath the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico that has been identified as the likely impact crater of an asteroid that caused the mass extinction of all non-avian dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period (about 66 million years ago)? Chicxulub

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