DinosOz Friends adventure story. Join best friends, Simone and James as they discover the exciting world of Australian dinosaurs.
Simone Sullivan and James Jackson are best friends. They share a passion for dinosaurs and fossil hunting. During a dinosaur dig on the southern coast of Australia, they discover an incredible world filled with real, live, dinosaurs! Follow them on their DinosOz Friends adventure as they explore this fascinating world full of amazing encounters.
Enter the incredible world of Australian dinosaurs
Did you know …
Australia’s famous Australovenator was found at Winton, in outback Queensland and it was found next to a long-necked long-tailed dinosaur called a sauropod. They may have died because they were both stuck in the mud. The Australovenator was called Banjo and the big herbivore next to it was called Matilda. They were named in honour of Banjo Patterson who wrote the famous song, Waltzing Matilda.
Did you know that Muttaburrasaurus is the biggest ornithopod (their hips are the same as birds) herbivorous dinosaur found in Australia to date, and they are named after the town of Muttaburra in central Queensland, near where they were first discovered?
Did you know that meat-eating dinosaurs like the Australovenator shed teeth constantly and their teeth were serrated, like the blades of steak knives?
Did you know that Leaellynasaura is named after a little girl called Leaellyn by the palaeontologist who found its skull in western Victoria?
Did you know that the biggest hand claw found in Australia is over 20 cm long?
And did you know that at Lark Quarry in Central Queensland there were footprints found from a stampede of dinosaurs, with over three thousand prints preserved?
“DinosOz Friends” Dinosaur Glossary:
Cretaceous: is the time that goes from 145 to 66 million years ago, it is also called the Age of Dinosaurs.
Fossil: the remains of a prehistoric creature captured in rock, that over time has become part of the rock.
Ornithopod: herbivorous dinosaurs (plant-eaters) that have a “bird-foot” shape and moved on two legs.
Palaeontologist: a scientist who studies fossils.
Plesiosaur: a marine reptile with a very long neck and four paddles.
Pterosaur: a flying reptile with a long beak and often, a large wingspan. There were many diﬀerent species. They are now extinct.
Theropod: carnivorous (meat-eater) dinosaurs with very sharp claws and teeth, fast and agile.
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