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Enantiornithine… Not a Dinosaur!

Back to rather old saved posts before I face the October resize. Enjoy this NOt dinosaur!

But a bird found during the age of dinosaurs. The enantiornithine died out at the end of the Cretaceous period but was common during the Mesozoic era. With feathers and teeth, this omnivore has been found as small as a sparrow and as big as a turkey. Toted as the possible origin of feathers and birds… this prehistoric bird has been a creature of interest for some time. They are thought to be found everywhere but Antarctica, virtually all over the Pangea.

We came across the enantiornithine on Dinosaur Train so of course we had to hunt more. This bird was a wonderful creature to restart our dinosaur odyssey. We had one good video that both Emanuel and Gavin enjoyed. PL3_Bird_Enantiornithine Birds by Walter Jahn.

Our second video was more a peek at a rendering on the Dinopedia for Walking With Dinosaurs. An image from their opening HERE. Of course this bird is also featured on Dinosaur Train. You can watch them on PBSkids.org. Or Netflix of course. We found our best images on Google WERE Dinosaur Train. I simply did a Google search for enantiornithine  or enantiornithine  dinosaur train and clicked images.

We had a few links. Some were too advanced for my current learners but I have included them here all the same out of interest sake.

  • Random Thoughts has a… random thought about our bird HERE.
  • Dinosaur Train’s Field Guide… click search and find our bird HERE.
  • Dinosaur Train Wikia HERE.
  • Answers in Genesis has an article HERE.
  • Phys.Org HERE.
  • Wiki article HERE.
  • A Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology HERE
  • Our colouring page came from deviantArt. We used it to trace out our dinosaur and paste it on a scene the boys drew… Thanks to Albertonykus HERE.


Gotta love those flying dinosaurs… only not… flying LIZARDS! Potential relatives of dinosaurs AND birds! The Pteranodon is a rather LARGE version of this rather popular lizard. Found in the Cretaceous period with a diet of fish, it has been found in the USA (although a couple say Jurassic???). But enough about this intimidating fisher… onto the links and video.

We actually had TWO videos for the Pteranodon… first I’m a Dinosaur (yup running out of those)…

The second from Brookfield Zoo… Mesozoic Idol!

And now my link list… yup gonna keep the trend going!

  • Kidsdinos.com HERE
  • Dinosaurs.about.com HERE
  • Kids Encyclopedia HERE
  • TheLearningPage.com HERE
  • EnchantedLearning HERE
  • HealthStones.com HERE
  • Wiki HERE
  • And of course our colouring page for this reptile who had one of the largest wingspans known was found on SheKnows HERE.

    I love how proud they are!

    I love how proud they are!


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! 

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