Seven questions on dinosaurs

Dinosaur quiz

This is a golden age of dinosaur discovery, with more types found in the past 20 years than in the previous two centuries. As the BBC celebrates all things Mesozoic in Planet Dinosaur, test yourself on the extinct creatures that exert such fascination.


1.) Multiple Choice Question

The word "dinosaur" was coined by palaeontologist Richard Owen - founder of London's Natural History Museum - in 1841. What does it mean?

Toy dinosaurs fighting
  1. Tyrant lizard
  2. Thunder beast
  3. Terrible lizard

2.) Multiple Choice Question

Velociraptor - star of Jurassic Park, namesake of Kasabian's new album - is depicted in which one of these toys?

Four dinosaur toys (Thinkstock photos)
  1. Big roar, tiny arms
  2. Wings
  3. Spiny-back
  4. Big roar, spiky neck

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Same dinosaurs, different question - which one of these creatures was the biggest?

Four dinosaur toys (Thinkstock photos)
  1. T.Rex
  2. Pterosaur
  3. Spinosaurus
  4. Velociraptor

4.) Missing Word Question

Giant fossil shows huge * lived among dinosaurs

  1. birds
  2. turtles
  3. jellyfish

5.) Multiple Choice Question

Super-sized plant-eaters such as Diplodocus and Argentinosaurus had long necks to reach high foliage. Despite their size, these giants had tiny heads. Why?

  1. They had small brains
  2. A large head would risk overbalancing
  3. Swallowed food whole so no heavy teeth and jaws

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Pop culture has long depicted humans being menaced by dinosaurs - think Raquel Welch cowering in a fur bikini. Homo sapiens co-existed with dinosaurs - true or false?

T.rex on a beach
  1. True
  2. False - early humans came 10 million years later
  3. False - early humans came 65 million years later

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Which is thought to be the closest living relative to the dinosaurs?

On a rock
  1. Birds
  2. Crocodiles
  3. Bats
  4. Turtles


  1. The OED translates "dinosaur" as terrible or fearful lizard. Tyrannosaurus rex means "tyrant lizard". Palaeontologists, like botanists and zoologists, use Greek to christen new species.
  2. Picture 4 is of a Velociraptor. Picture 1 is a T.Rex, 2 is a Pterosaur and 3 is Spinosaurus - one of the dinosaurs featured in BBC One's Planet Dinosaur.
  3. Spinosaurus is thought to have been the largest meat-eater - 4m longer than T.Rex - at 17m long and weighing up to 20 tonnes.
  4. The full headline, from August, read: "Giant fossil shows huge birds lived among dinosaurs". The fossil, found in Kazakhstan, was a huge jawbone twice the length of an ostrich's.
  5. These long-necked dinosaurs swallowed food whole, to be broken down by bacteria in their huge stomachs, so no need for heavy jaws. With neck aloft, Diplodocus would have stood up to 15m tall.
  6. It's false. Early humans, or Homo sapiens, evolved just under 65 million years after dinosaurs died out.
  7. It's birds. Recent finds of feathered dinosaurs in China, such as Epidexipteryx and Microraptor, are blurring the boundaries between dinosaurs and modern birds.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Tyrannosaurus wrecks

4 - 6 : Dinomite

7 - 7 : Epoch

Find out more about prehistoric life in BBC Nature's Dinosaur special - and meet the monsters featured in the TV series.

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