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Who were the Therizinosaurs?

They were gigantic, as big as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. They had huge sharp claws, as long as the “grim reaper’s sythe,” as Dr. Thomas Holtz likes to say. They had bulky bodies, but their heads were small, with leaf-shaped teeth. They belonged to the group called theropods, which are usually the carnivores of the Mesozoic. But these dinosaurs were herbivores. In their ancestry, they switched from eating meat to mostly eating plants, with possibly occasional small bits of meat protein. They lived during the Cretaceous period in North America and Asia. These were the Therizinosaurs. Therizinosaurs...

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Dinosaur Seasons

Since I was six years old, dinosaurs have fascinated me. I knew they had been extinct for 66,000,000 years (except for birds, as I learned much later) but they seemed so alive to me! The carnivores that I learned about as a child were so incredibly large and fierce with those gigantic teeth, like Tyrannosaurus. They especially enamored me of the humongous sauropods like Diplodocus and Brontosaurus. They were as big as houses! I used to daydream about how large one of them would be if I stood next to it. Would it reach that high window? Could it browse from that tall tree? The dinosaurs had...

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