When life gets sunny and busy …. we walked two miles to the YMCA and two miles BACK HOME after spending 3 hours at various activities this past Tuesday… I run to my backlog… and it is time to get these dinos out! Enjoy! Sorry there isn’t a picture at the end but the resources are there for the using!
Emanuel has turned his focus from the land to the water… there are some absolutely nightmare inspiring critters from the time of the dinosaurs that lived in the oceans! This short-necked plesiosaur had 4 flippers to propel itself through the water. Found in the Cretaceous period this marine reptile had a long and narrow jaw lined with sharp teeth. Nicknamed Dolly, the Dolichorhynchops is found all over North America. While they look like reptiles there are some resources that state they are definitely dinosaurs.
We have TWO videos this time… Sea Monsters 3 from National Geographic. And Sea Monsters A Prehistoric Adventure 2007 from PrehistoricWorld2013.
And now for our links, there are a few articles I am including that we did not read through, but they may be interested for the older dinosaur fanatic! Enjoy!
Not so much a dinosaur as a marine reptile, Elasmosaurus is all that and more. Found in the late Cretaceous period, this “thin plated” lizard had 4 fins instead of legs and had a long, thin neck and short tail. Feeding on fish in the ocean this monster was found in what is now Wyoming, USA. There is some that think this animal may have given birth to live young. With good eyesight it would have been quite the predator.
Our video came from the series Dinosaur Train. Nana has an Amazon Prime account so we were able to watch for free. But you can purchase it and the whole series on Amazon HERE.
And then of course, our link list… it is getting harder and harder to find common dinosaurs that have a selection of videos. Time to delve into the increasingly obscure.
Well, today’s dinosaurs is NOT a dinosaur! The Plesiosaur is actually a flippered marine reptile. Its name actually means near lizard. This massive creature had 4 flippers and a long neck and are from the Mesozoic era. They were found in the oceans around Europe. The current majority believes that they were NOT able to move their necks like a swan. There is a debate going as to whether or not the Plesiosaur birthed its young or laid eggs like turtles. A lot of its possible habits and behaviour have been compared to turtles actually. There is a terrific video about a possibly pregnant Plesiosaur!
Now for our links for our NOT dinosaur of the day… There is an actual Plesiosaur Directory HERE. KidsDigDinos.com has a great point form set up with question as usual, though it states that the Plesiosaur lays eggs like a turtle HERE. Dinosaur Facts has a whole fact sheet HERE. Wild-Facts actually states that if the Plesiosaur held its neck up like a lot of images show it doing it would TIP OVER! Gotta love gravity, check that out HERE. The BBC has a great image and a paragraph about our lizard HERE. The OMG-facts site also states that the Plesiosaur births LIVE young HERE… I personally love the onesie on the baby! The K12 site has a great student project page HERE. EnchantedLearning has their page HERE. There are some terrific skeletal pictures on OceansofKansas HERE. Don’t forget about Wiki HERE!
You have to watch our second video on their site HERE. And our colouring page of the day can be found HERE. I hope these links will help you along your way with learning about this NOT dinosaur!