Dinosaurs of the South

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Pineapple Press Inc, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 62 pages

Fossils of extinct animals are scarce in the southeastern United States, but archaeologists have uncovered enough evidence to know that a variety of dinosaurs lived in Southern forests and coastal lowlands. Large meat-eaters hunted plant-eating hadrosaurs. Ostrichlike dinosaurs darted after small prey, and armor-covered nodosaurs rambled through underbrush 75 million years ago. Giant reptiles that were not dinosaurs also lived in the South. The crocodile-like Deinosuchus, which grew to lengths near 40 feet, lurked along riverbanks. These giants probably ate dinosaurs! Pterosaurs, or flying reptiles, soared over the coast. One of the largest, Pteranodon, had a wingspan of 24 feet. Paleontologists have even identified some entirely new dinosaur species known only in the South.

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Contents

Age of Reptiles
4
Southern Fossils
10
Herds of Duckbills
20
Tanklike Dinosaurs
28
Huge MeatEaters
32
Ostrichlike Theropods
38
Crocodilelike Giants
42
Flying Reptiles
48
End of the Age of Reptiles
54
Glossary
57
Pronunciation Key
59
Index
61
Art and Photo Credits
62
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Judy Cutchins is the author of numerous award-winning science books. In both 1991 and 2001, she was honored as Georgia Author of the Year in Juvenile and Young Adult Nonfiction. She has specialist degrees in elementary education and more than 25 years of experience as a writer and educator at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Ginny Johnston is the author of numerous award-winning science books. In both 1991 and 2001, she was honored as Georgia Author of the Year in Juvenile and Young Adult Nonfiction. She has specialist degrees in elementary education and more than 25 years of experience as a writer and educator at Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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