1.) The term means "terrible lizard", derived from Greek words. Extremely successful creatures who are believed to have died out 65 million years ago and lived/ruled during the Mesozoic era. Some (meaning the theropods) are also believed to be the ancestors of modern-day birds due to feather imprints around fossils and other similarities, with the closest links being the dromaeosaurs (raptors); however, none seem to have been able to actually fly.
There were a number of different groups, but they are generally classified by whether they were herbivorous or carnivorous
, which is also also by the structure of their hip bones (bird- or lizard-hipped). Some, if not all, might have even been warm-blooded. They were also the descendants of reptiles, not the other way around. And contrary to popular belief, most were not ridiculously huge. Most were were about the size of a large car or smaller.
Although it seems like we've dug up every dinosaur that ever lived in the world, in truth it is only a small percentage, so we'll never actually really know that much about them. Oh, and don't forget that thanks to World War II
, the first fossils of Carcharodontosaurus and Spinosaurus
2.) Something old or outdated; obsolete. May also pertain to the description of an older person.
When the fossils of a dinosaur called Megalosaurus were found in 1677, people thought it was a dragon.