The closest you’ll get to experiencing prehistoric life is Googling ‘live theatre near me’ and discovering Dinosaur World Live. This show is packed with spectacular puppetry, interactive moments and superb storytelling. But how much do you know about dinosaurs already? There are many untruths floating around. So let’s separate fact from fiction and find out more about these sensational creatures that walked the planet millions and millions of years ago.
Here are five top myths unravelled:
If you’ve ever seen Jurassic Park, you may think that dinosaurs and humans lived at the same time. This is not true. Our earliest human ancestors evolved almost 60 million years after non-flying dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops went extinct, and therefore didn’t go out hunting for dinosaur meat or chew on their bones.
Not all dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago when a meteor hit planet Earth. Avian dinosaurs survived and flourished, and the birds you see today are descendents from a group of two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods. Believe it or not, the formidable T-Rex was in this dino group.
It’s commonly thought that dinosaurs came first followed by mammals, but this is a myth. The earliest known mammals, known as morganucodontids, were tiny shrew-size creatures that ran under the feet of dinosaurs some 210 million years ago.
It’s hard to imagine dinosaurs with feathers as most prehistoric creatures are shown in illustrations to have scaly skin with armoured plates, spikes, bumps, horns and more. But scientists now believe that at least some dinosaurs had feathers.
Professor Paul Barrett, a dinosaur researcher at the National History Museum states: “To date, most examples of dinosaur feathers have been found in the meat-eating dinosaurs, known as Theropods, which is the group that also includes birds.” T-Rex was a type of Theropod and may well have had feathers. Researchers also believe other dinosaurs such as the three-horned Triceratops had a smattering of feathers.
The study of feathered dinosaurs has been ramped up significantly since the first perfectly preserved specimens of feathered dinosaurs were found in China in the 1990s.
While it’s true that the T-Rex had very small arms in comparison to the rest of its body, they were not at all weak. In fact, they were pretty muscular and it’s thought they could have bench-pressed around 180 kg on each arm - that’s the weight of two adult men weighing around 90 kg each. This makes the arms of a T-Rex at least three times more powerful than human arms.
If you’re looking for a ‘dinosaur event near me,’ don’t miss Dinosaur World Live, a walking-with-dinosaur theatre show packed with even more awesome facts. Book your tickets today for the whole family and enjoy a day out to remember.