Non-Fiction | 17 August 2015Fun Dinosaur Facts Share article facebook twitter google pinterest It’s dinosaur week at Quarto Kids, and each day we’ll be highlighting a different title featuring these prehistoric favorites—from fun facts to history to fascinating dino stories. With all the Jurassic World buzz happening this summer, it’s no surprise we have dinosaurs on the mind! Most of us are familiar with the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex and spiky Stegosaurus, but how well do we really know our other Mesozoic Era creatures? In Time Traveler Prehistory, readers can journey back 570 million years ago to witness the evolution of animals throughout history, from dinosaurs to woolly mammoths to early humans. The Paleozoic era began 570 million years ago Complete with a time traveler’s dial on the cover that lets readers travel to a specific time period, Time Traveler Prehistory offers in-depth descriptions of each animal accompanied by realistic (but friendly!) illustrations. In fact, most of the dinosaurs and mammals seem to be smiling up out of the page, welcoming the reader to their respective time period. What better way to learn about prehistory than with these helpful guides? Also in the series is Time Traveler Inventions, which follows the timeline of scientific and technological inventions from the wheel to the personal computer – all narrated by our quirky friend Albert Einstein! Ideal for the classroom, the Time Traveler books offer loads of possibilities for history lesson plans. Teachers can use Time Traveler Prehistory to compare pictures of dinosaurs to current day animals, and Time Traveler Inventions to open up a conversation about which inventions are most important in our daily lives. Check out the complete lesson plans Prehistoric Dinosaurs Curriculum Guide and Inventions Curriculum Guide! Brush up on your prehistory knowledge in the excerpt below, and enjoy these fun dinosaur facts: Excerpted from Time Traveler Prehistory Hadrosaurids Iguanodon This dinosaur weighed 3 tons and was 32 feet long. Its body was covered in small armored plates that provided protection against its enemies. It moved about on all fours, and its thumbs had spikes, which it used to defend itself. Brachiosaurus This herbivore lived at the end of the Jurassic period. It was 100 feet long, weighed 35 tons, and was up to 46 feet tall. Thanks to its long neck, which it lifted like a huge crane, it could nibble at leaves on the tops of the tallest trees. Oddly, its nostrils were on the top of its head and its front legs were much longer than its back legs. Corythosaurus Large duck-billed dinosaur of the hadrosaur family. Hadrosaurids were herbivores and lived in herds. They communicated with the help of protrusions on their heads that served to amplify sound. Tsintaosaurus Duck-billed dinosaur of the large hadrosaur family, whose ancestor was the Iguanodon. Saurolophus At 43 feet in length, it was the largest hadrosaur and could move about on two or all four limbs. Parasaurolophus Hadrosaur with a hollow outgrowth on its head that probably served as an opening for the amplification of its voice for better communication. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.