REASON 8 TO VISIT #ULTIMATEDINOS: THE FIRST DINOSAURS!
Herrerasaurus, Eoraptor, Pisanosaurus: three dinosaurs that aren’t household names, but are still incredible These dinosaurs are actually three of the OLDEST dinosaurs known, all clocking in at around 230 million years old.
These dinosaurs, specifically Eoraptor and Pisanosaurus, are considered to be amongst the first of the two main types of dinosaur.
- Eoraptor is one of the first known saurischians. So all theropods like Tyrannosaurus rex and all sauropods like Futalognkosaurus are decedents And ever more awesomer, as birds are descendants of small theropod dinosaurs, birds can trace their ancestry back to dinosaurs like Eoraptor.
- Pisanosaurus represents the other branch of the tree. Pisanosaurus is an ornithischian. So dinosaurs like hadrosaurs, ceratopsians, ankylosaurs, and most herbivorous dinosaurs, that are not sauropods, all trace their ancestry to a dinosaur like Pisanosaurus.
My good joke about this, is that some of our 5 year old campers call Pisanosaurus, “Pizzasaurus”. Better name maybe?
Finally, I think it’s fabulous how such small lil’ guys evolved into the largest and most terrifying creatures to ever walk the earth!
Have you visited? What’s your favourite part of #ultimatedinos?
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