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Dinosaurs
Extreme Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs


Extreme Dinosaurs
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 8 to 10
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.51

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    argentine, human-sized, verification, long-necked, plant-eater, contender, bird-like, omnivore, contenders, long-legged, meat-eater, dubious, vertebra, ounces, meat-eaters, fierce
     content words:    Jurassic Period, Extreme Dinosaur, Fastest Dinosaur, Cretaceous Period, Biggest Dinosaur, Argentine Lizard, Tallest Dinosaur, Smartest Dinosaur, Smallest Dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus Rex


Extreme Dinosaurs
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     If you were asked to list the most "extreme" animals, chances are that you would include dinosaurs somewhere on that list, maybe even at the top. Dinosaurs have the statistics to beat out the competition in a lot of categories. They definitely have size going for them. Dinosaurs also look pretty good in the categories of speed and scariness.
 
2     If there had been county fairs back in the Jurassic Period, dinosaurs would have walked away with a lot of blue ribbons.
 
3     Which dinosaur would have won the blue ribbon for "fastest dinosaur"? Which one would have won for "biggest," "tallest," "smartest," or "smallest"? Which dinosaur would have taken the prize for "most ferocious"? Which dinosaur would be awarded the dubious honor of "widest dinosaur"? Let's see what might have happened.
 
4     Here they are - the winners of the "Most Extreme Dinosaur" in each category! And the blue ribbon for . . .
 
5     Fastest Dinosaur - Ornithomimid
 
6     Not only the fastest, but also one of the smartest dinosaurs, Ornithomimid looked a lot like a modern-day ostrich. It could run about as fast as an ostrich, too - about 43 miles per hour. That's pretty fast for a 15-20 foot long omnivore from the late Cretaceous Period.
 
7     Biggest Dinosaur - Argentinosaurus
 
8     Measuring at 130-140 feet long, the "Argentine Lizard" is the biggest contender so far. Will any new competitors be discovered that can beat the length of this long-necked, long-tailed herbivore?

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