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Would there be any way of knowing if dinosaurs had a civilization?

How would we know if dinosaurs (or some other species) achieved sentience and civilization millions of years ago? 65 million years is a long time, would a civilization with a, say, 10,000 lifespan even be noticeable in the geologic record? What if they only reached 19th century technology and didn't use nuclear power or plastic?
posted by blahblahblah on Sep 7, 2014 - 17 answers

Maybe I am a headband person?

While straightening my apartment last week I came across a cute headband. I've had it since I was five (haven't worn headbands since I was, oh, probably about six) but have held onto it because I like it. Anyway, for the last few days I've been thinking: perhaps I would like to wear headbands? I don't know, can you help me find cool head bands? Let's find out. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jul 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Dimetrodons don't count.

How many kinds of dinosaurs were alive at the same time? [more inside]
posted by Thing on Jul 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Dilbert Recurring Character Names

We know Dilbert's alter egos, megalomaniac Dogbert, evil Catbert, moronic Ratbert, plus the regular characters such as Alice, Wally and Asok. [more inside]
posted by KRS on Jul 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Remind me again, why are dinosaurs awesome?

When I was a kid, I was totally enamored of dinosaurs. I seem to have lost my affinity for them in the years since. I quit paying attention to developments in paleontology. Apparently there's been a lot that I missed, like that the dominant theory now is that modern birds are descended from a dinosaur species (I think?). And I hear velociraptors had feathers. So I need not just updates, but a good primer for adults because I've forgotten everything I used to know about them. Can anyone recommend some good modern books or documentaries on dinosaurs to rekindle the flame of dino-love?
posted by Sleeper on Jun 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Dino Debates?

What do Paleontologists fight about these days? What are the current controversies in the field? I'm interested in the Mesozoic but maybe the grant money and groupies these days is focused on a different time period? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on May 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Why are all dinosaur mouths depicted the same way?

Super-specific roaring dinosaur question: Every picture of tyrannosaurs with open mouths (1, 2, 3, 4) seems to picture them with flaps of muscle or skin covering the corners of their mouth. Why is this so universal? Are there living animals with similar mouths that this is based on?
posted by blahblahblah on Jul 10, 2012 - 17 answers

NYC Bronto Sighting

There is a dinosaur painted on the wall of one of the buildings at 3rd Avenue and 13th Street in New York City. Who painted this? [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Jun 4, 2012 - 2 answers

What is an old series of children's books about dinosaurs?

When I was very young, I read a series of books about dinosaurs, where each book was a fiction story (with educational information) about each species of dinosaur.. what books were those? [more inside]
posted by ceberon on May 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Dino-sized dino pics

Where can I find large, high-resolution dinosaur illustrations in the style of Zdeněk Burian or Charles Knight? [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Dec 8, 2011 - 1 answer

Triceratops is best. There. I said it.

Book identification: dinosaur edition. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Oct 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Which animal would win a race between a cheetah or a utahraptor?

Which animal would win a race between a cheetah or a utahraptor? Please help my six-year-old son learn even more about dinosaurs. [more inside]
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty on Feb 26, 2011 - 26 answers

Is there a palentologist in the house?

How much weight can a Pterodactyl/Pterosaur lift? Specifically something big like Quetzalcoatlus or Hatzegopteryx? [more inside]
posted by batgrlHG on Aug 18, 2010 - 14 answers

Dinosaurs (literally) for a dinosaur (metaphorically)

Best books about dinosaurs for an adult who knows surprisingly little about them but who also has an appreciation for learning? [more inside]
posted by MCMikeNamara on Aug 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Why do your boots leave t-rex prints?

What shoes should I get for dinosaur-hunting (and hiking in general)? [more inside]
posted by jma on May 18, 2010 - 12 answers

Penny for your Bat-Thoughts?

Why does Batman keep a giant penny and a huge replica of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in the Bat Cave? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Jan 8, 2009 - 6 answers

She was a model dinosaur. truly a credit.

where can i find super high quality, anatomically accurate 3D models of dinosaur skeletons? [more inside]
posted by nihlton on Oct 13, 2008 - 4 answers

Seems dinosaurs and humans do coexist

Why aren't turtles dinosaurs? [more inside]
posted by Listener on Mar 11, 2008 - 18 answers

Dino Fantasia

I need a decent still of the dinosaurs in the movie "Fantasia." [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE on Dec 26, 2007 - 5 answers

Delicious dinos

Yet another Sci-Fi ID request: I once read a tongue-in-cheek short story involving a fidgety time travel portal, dinosaurs, and culinary adventures. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Apr 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Everybody do the Dinosaur

Where can I find dinosaur slippers? Specifically, they must make a "roaring" noise each step you take. Do these even exist or am I imagining them?
posted by kidsleepy on Nov 29, 2006 - 17 answers

What do Greek speakers call dinosaurs?

What do Greek speakers call dinosaurs? Do they use the same Greek-derived words that English speakers do ("dinosaur", "tyrannosaurus", "stegosaurus", etc)? Do these names sound as silly to them as calling those extinct animals "terrible lizards", "tyrant lizards", and "roof lizards" would to us?
posted by Plutor on Nov 28, 2006 - 20 answers

T-Rexcellent

I'm looking for a goofy, full-costumed T-Rex outfit for Halloween. Something like in this Chapelle's Show clip (2:00 mark). Hopefully someone with better google skills or knowledge of specific outlets in the SF Bay Area.
posted by Mach3avelli on Oct 24, 2006 - 1 answer

Can you remember this arcade game?

I fondly remember an arcade game from my childhood at the local junk-food kiosk, but I can not remember the name. I have tried to search Google, but I have not found anything. The game, as I remember it, was a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up. You flew planes (1 player or 2 players) and on the ground beneath you dinosaurs where actively trying to kill you with their prehistoric might. [more inside]
posted by Grums on Oct 19, 2006 - 3 answers

Dinosaur Bone Cartoon

Can you help me find a cartoon drawing I first saw in a book or magazine at least 10 years ago, which shows a small dog digging up a bone? Attached to the bone, buried under the ground, is shown the rest of the tail and the entire skeleton of a large dinosaur.
posted by booksprite on Aug 21, 2006 - 8 answers

hot shit

Does microbial activity in the gut of organisms contribute to their thermoregulation? [more inside]
posted by yesster on Oct 3, 2005 - 7 answers

How do you kill a T-Rex

How do you kill a T-Rex? [more inside]
posted by longbaugh on Jun 25, 2005 - 59 answers

Wooden Dinosaurs R We?

How are the wonderful wooden dinosaur models made?
Is it done, perchance, with lasers? [more inside]
posted by metaculpa on Jun 21, 2005 - 11 answers

Holy Sh*t! Dinosaur Jr.?!

I just found out that Dinosaur Jr. a) just got back together with their original lineup and b) played on the Late Late Show the other night. Anyone know where I could find a video of said performance? [more inside]
posted by emptybowl on Apr 20, 2005 - 10 answers

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