Dinosaurs (Greek: δεινόσαυρος, deinosauros) were the dominant vertebrate animals of terrestrial ecosystems for over 160 million years, from the late Triassic Period (about 230 million years ago) until the end of the Cretaceous period (65 million years ago), when most of them became extinct in the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event. The living species of birds today may be classified as dinosaurs.
Since the first dinosaur fossils were recognized in the early nineteenth century, mounted dinosaur skeletons have become major attractions at museums around the world. Dinosaurs have become a part of world culture and remain consistently popular. They have been featured in best-selling books and films (notably Jurassic Park and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), and new discoveries are regularly covered by the media.
Dinosaurs have always been featured or mentioned in the Ice Age film series: in the first movie, Sid finds a frozen T-Rex (that looked similar to Momma) in a ice cave, alongside with his ancestor forms. In the second film, when Manny is in a discussion with James' father, with the last one arguing with Manny that he is the last mammoth, a Gastornis mentions that they weren't immune to extinction because they were the biggest animals, since Dinosaurs were the same and they did go extinct.
- When making Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the creators wanted to put "extreme" dinosaurs in it (including one that looked like an ostrich with a claw on each thumb). This idea was ditched because they figured that the audience wouldn't be familiar with these dinosaurs and may accuse them of making them up.
- It is shown that most Dinosaurs speak a different language than that of other mammals. The language that is spoken by most dinosaurs consists mostly of growls and roars. Although mammals cannot quite understand the language of dinosaurs, dinosaurs seem to be able to understand the language of mammals. The only dinosaurs featured in the film that could speak the language of mammals are the Baby Dinos, however the only word they said in mammalian language was "Momma".
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