Dinosaurs A to Z
Manchester Museum is delighted to share Dinos A to Z: a fortnightly dose of dinosaur fun and facts.
Stomp through the alphabet to explore the extraordinary world of dinosaurs.
Dinos A to Z is created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with Dr Victoria Egerton, their Extraordinary Scientist in Residence.
Dr Egerton is also a Research Fellow in The University of Manchester’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Manchester Museum works with many academics and scientists, and with their support we continue to learn about the collections as well as new discoveries, so we can share the latest research with our visitors.
DINOSAURS A TO Z Family Guide
A is for Alamosaurus
Meet Alamosaurus, the giant sauropod that was longer than two and a half school busses and weighed more than five elephants! You might recognize this dinosaur—an Alamosaurus family can be seen bursting out of Dinosphere® at The Children’s Museum!
D is for Diplodocus
It’s possible that a grown-up Diplodocus could have measured over 100 feet long. That’s as long as a blue whale! Dr. Egerton shares more about this giant beast that’s coming to Giants of the Jurassic™ inside Dinosphere® at The Children’s Museum.
G is for Gorgosaurus
You might think that being top of the Late Cretaceous food chain meant Gorogosaurus had a pretty easy life. As Dr. Egerton explains all of the injuries found on the fossil at The Children’s Museum, you’ll come to a different conclusion!
S is for Stegosaurus
With two rows of plates that go down their backs and spikes at the end of their tails, Stegosaurus has been a fan-favourite since its discovery in the 19th century. Join Dr. Egerton as she shares why they have those plates and spikes to begin with.
Y is for Yutyrannus
When this tyrannosaurid was discovered, it was the largest dinosaur ever to be found with feathers. The largest Yutyrannus discovered was approximately 30 feet long and weighed as much as a rhino. Why would such a large creature be covered in feathers?
B is for Bambiraptor
Say hello to Bambiraptor, a small carnivorous dinosaur that weighed about as much as a chicken! This tiny dinosaur is pretty cute for a dinosaur with sharp teeth. Find out why this cute dinosaur was such an important discovery.
E is for Edmontosaurus
This duck-billed dinosaur could have lived to be larger than a school bus, weighing more than an elephant! Find out how Edmontosaurus specimens have helped scientists learn about what dinosaurs looked like millions of years ago. Did someone say dino mummies?
C is for Cryolophosaurus
Allow us to introduce you to Cryolophosaurus—”cold crested lizard.” Why do you think scientists gave it that name? Dr. Egerton shares the story of this extraordinary creature that was discovered in a place that might surprise you.
F is for Futalognkosaurus
Dr. Egerton introduces us to Futalognkosaurus—”giant chief lizard.” Find out all about this giant herbivore from Argentina. In what ways were these Cretaceous creatures similar to the Diplodocus? What ways were they different?
R is for Rapetosaurus
Rapetosaurus was found on the island nation of Madagascar. They were moderately-sized sauropods. They were “only” as long as three cars and “only” weighed as much as two elephants!
U is for Utahraptor
Dr. Egerton calls the Utahraptor the ultimate large raptor. With retractable claws that are larger than those of a lion, you might think that it’s a prehistoric predator that’s a perfect fit for a blockbuster film franchise. Now that you mention it…