OCT 19, 2017 01:09 PM PDT

What Did Dinosaurs Actually Look Like?

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard
2 2 260


Dinosaurs walked the Earth millions of years ago, but when a massive asteroid smacked into our planet, it wiped them all out. Fast-forward to now, and humans un-Earth fossils that tell us seemingly endless stories about these gigantic animals.

A fossil is fundamentally just a carbon copy of a dinosaur's bone structure, but in limited cases, we can also get a glimpse of a dinosaur's skin or other exterior features. It's from these fortunate circumstances that we've ascertained what kind of skin dinosaurs had and whether some exhibited feathers or scales.

Although many dinosaurs may not have looked precisely the way they do in Jurassic Park, that's not to say everything depicted in Hollywood is far from the truth. It's challenging to say for sure exactly what a dinosaur may have looked like, but fossils can give us a pretty good idea of their diet, posture, and size.

Determining what dinosaurs existed millions of years ago requires tons of guess-work and a well-established fossil database, but discoveries make the news every day. It's always fun to learn about the next major break that re-writes history and our understanding of what dinosaurs looked like.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 03, 2018
Videos
JUL 03, 2018
Watch Out for These Keto Side Effects
The Keto diet is very popular with people who want to cut carbs and lose weight, but it’s not without its drawbacks. While the diet’s purpose i
JUL 15, 2018
Videos
JUL 15, 2018
Meet the Rare Binary Asteroid Recently Confirmed by NASA
Astronomers first became aware of an asteroid called YE5 in December of 2017, but something seemed odd about it after they were unable to discern its physi
JUL 17, 2018
Videos
JUL 17, 2018
Novartis Ends Antibiotic Research
The United Nations has warned that by 2050, antibiotic-resistant microbes might kill ten million people every year.
JUL 24, 2018
Chemistry & Physics
JUL 24, 2018
What is UV Photography?
Human eyes see visible light, whose wavelength ranges between 400 and 750 nanometers (nm). To visualize anything lower than 400 nm, one can resort
AUG 02, 2018
Videos
AUG 02, 2018
CBD and THC Effects on the Brain
What has similar chemical make-ups but different structures? CBD and THC. In the video below, learn more about how THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cann
AUG 13, 2018
Videos
AUG 13, 2018
What does sunscreen look like with a UV camera?
  Have you ever wondered if there’s really a difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50? You’re not the only one. YouTuber Physics Girl set out
Loading Comments...