Outline of dinosaurs

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to dinosaurs:

Dinosaurs – diverse group of animals of the clade and superorder Dinosauria. They were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for over 160 million years, from the late Triassic period (about 230 million years ago) until the end of the Cretaceous (66 million years ago), when the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event led to the extinction of all non-avian dinosaurs at the close of the Mesozoic era. The fossil record indicates that birds evolved within theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period. Some of them survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, including the ancestors of all modern birds. Consequently, in modern classification systems, birds are considered a type of dinosaur—the only group which survived to the present day.[1][2]

Types of dinosaurs[edit]

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By region[edit]

Dinosaur fossils[edit]

Fields that study dinosaurs[edit]

History of dinosaurs[edit]

  • Evolution of dinosaurs
  • History of paleontology – history of the study of dinosaurs.
  • Prehistoric reptiles – broad category that is intended to help distinguish the dinosaurs from other prehistoric reptiles. Dinosaurs, because of their long and successful reign for many millions of years, are almost exclusively dealt with in their own category of prehistoric life. Therefore, this category covers all the non-dinosaurian reptiles which are often erroneously considered to be dinosaurs, such as the seafaring varieties of plesiosaurs and the flying pterosaurs.

Biology of dinosaurs[edit]

Dinosaur anatomy[edit]

Dinosaur psychology[edit]

Dinosaur resources[edit]

Dinosaurs in culture[edit]

Animals commonly mistaken as dinosaurs[edit]

Persons influential in dinosaurs[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gauthier, Jacques; de Querioz, Kevin; Jacques Gauthier, Lawrence F. Gall, editors (2001). "Feathered dinosaurs, flying dinosaurs, crown dinosaurs, and the name 'Aves'" (PDF). New Perspectives on the Origin and Early Evolution of Birds: Proceedings of the International Symposium in Honor of John H. Ostrom (PDF). Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University. ISBN 0-912532-57-2. Retrieved 2009-09-22. 
  2. ^ Zhou, Z. (2004). "The origin and early evolution of birds: discoveries, disputes, and perspectives from fossil evidence". Naturwissenschaften. 91 (10): 455–471. Bibcode:2004NW.....91..455Z. doi:10.1007/s00114-004-0570-4. PMID 15365634. 

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