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04 November 2004 1153 GMT
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Kids on one of the dinosaur models at the Dinosaur Park

Norfolk has its own Dinosaur Park, where life-size creatures from the Jurassic Era and beyond loom up from the trees and bushes.


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There are information boards where you can find out their names, sizes and how and when they lived.

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Tyrannosaurus Rex

The park has an Education Centre with videos, exhibits and wall-mounted illustrations provided by the Dinosaur Society.

You can also meet traditional farm animals like sheep, cows and pigs at the park as well as the more unusual ostriches, deer and ferrets.

Jurassic facts

During the Jurassic period, 208 – 145 million years ago, the single huge continent of Pangea started to divide into two continents, Laurasia and Gondwana.

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Brachiosaurus

The slightly cooler temperatures and higher rainfall of the Jurassic world created a warm, wet climate that was ideal for reptiles.

Although some inland areas remained as deserts, elsewhere forests and open plains of ferns grew and rivers and deltas were formed.

The giant, long-necked herbivores, like Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus, and the plated, bird-hipped dinosaurs such as Stegosaurus (with armoured plates on its back) were among the mighty dinosaurs which roamed the Jurassic world.

Recommended reading
By Sheila McKeown, a librarian at the Millennium Library in Norwich.

Dinosaur and Other Prehistoric Animal Fact Finder, by Michael J Benton. Kingfisher 2001, ISBN 185697135.

Dinosaurs: Scary Creatures by John Cooper. Book House 2002, ISBN 1904194311.

You can get hold of these books through your local library.

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