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.
Emanuel really loves those omnivores. The Mongolian Oviraptor has had a bum rap for a potential omnivore. Originally found on a nest of eggs, Paleontologists actually miss understood what they found and thought this ostrich like dinosaur was an egg nabber! Further study actually discovered that the eggs this dinosaur was found on top of were not the eggs of a different dinosaur but proof that the Oviraptor was a rather protective parent. This Cretaceous dinosaur had a sharp, toothless beak and may have been covered with feathers.
Our video for this one can be found on the Discovery website HERE. We had a second video from the National History Museum with a Dr. Paul Barrett that you can watch on their site HERE.
Today’s dinosaur was found near the town of Muttaburra in Australia. This Cretaceous period dinosaur was an herbivore with a large nasal passage that it is believed would have made it one of the loudest dinosaurs. Some believe that it could have potentially eaten some meat as well! It is one of the most complete dinosaurs found in Australia and has some of the same features as an iguana. We had two videos for this Australian dinosaur… the first was from the I’m a Dinosaur series.
The other From Latrobe University.
Australia certainly has had many unusual animals on its continent both past and present. For links we start with Animal Planet HERE. KidsDinos has charts and a map HERE. The National Dinosaur Museum has a lengthy article that while we did not read the whole thing we did skim it HERE. Of course the Australian Museum mentions our dinosaur HERE. Dinosaurs.about.com has a page HERE. Dino Fact File has a short piece HERE. EnchantedLearning has a fact sheet HERE. Our colouring sheet is from HERE and of course Wiki has their say HERE.