The world of palaeontology has changed a lot since Megalosaurus—the first named dinosaur, circa 1824—but two things remain the same; general interest in creatures of pre-history and mind-bending paleo-speak that will make a mere mortal's nose bleed.
Terms like "relative ventral offset of the premaxillary occlusal margin" are no fun and remind us of the dentist. So, instead, we've opted for a guide to dinosaurs from all countries and times in something that (roughly) resembles Queen's English while still striving for accuracy. Excuse the bad: punctuation" and seplling miskates.
Each entry includes a suggested pronunciation, synonyms, and other titbits including place of discovery, dimensions and family tree. Want to know which dinosaurs lived near you? No problem. Dinochecker's Dyna-saur engine allows viewage of entries by country too, and alphabetically, by type, diet, period in time, most popular, nastiest, biggest and smallest, with a simple click or two.
Paleontologist's knack of unearthing at least one new dinosaur every month has ensured that this site is a never-ending project so if you want to chip-in, feel free. Reportage of glaring errors, broken links, unacceptable ommisions, and bad grammer are encouraged and more than welcome. You can submit suggestions for the database using this form, or go here to contribute to our FAQ.
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