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All living, self-propelled beings do not enjoy the same life span.

Scientists have discovered


that the faster a living thing grows and moves during its life, the shorter its life will be.
Animals producing many offspring will have shorter lives than those that produce only a few.
Larger animals live longer than smaller ones. Some species live several weeks, while others
can enjoy more than a one-hundred-year existence.
Disease and other environmental conditions are capable of wiping out a particular species in a
given area.

It was not until 1822 that scientists learned about the existence of dinosaurs. Thanks to an
English doctor and his wife, the door was open to this zoological study. Reasoning that the
reptiles tremendous size must have made them terrible creatures, scientists combined two
Greek words, deimos, meaning terrible, and sauros, meaning lizards, to form the word
dinosaur.

After many years of study, they determined that these beasts roamed the earth for millions of
years, and ceased to exist some sixty million years ago.

Unbelievable as it may seem, not all dinosaurs were carnivorous, that is, meat eating. Many
were herbivorous, or vegetarians.

By reassembling the bones found at excavation sites, scientists have been able to reconstruct
the skeletons and learn a great deal about the dinosaurs living conditions. They have learned
that dinosaurs inhabited not only the land, but also the water and sky.