Australian Dinosaur Story

Student Activity 7 ~ English
Naming dinosaurs and other extinct reptiles

 

Many dinosaurs are named because they have a special feature. Often, these names have come from Latin or Greek. Other names came from places where their fossils have been found, and still others from the name of the person who discovered the fossils.

 

The table below lists some of the terms used in deciding on names for dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles:
Ankly = fused or joined together (armour plated)
Bary = heavy
Chasmo = deep gap
Diplo = double
Dont = tooth
Ichthyo = fish
Muttaburra = found at Muttaburra, Qld
Onyx = claw
Oz = Australian
Pod = foot
Raptor = fast running thief
Saurus = lizard
Struthio = ostrich
Tri = three
Veloci = speedy
Austro = southern
Cero = horn
Dactyl = finger
Docus = beam or bar
Hypsilo = high crested, ridged (as in teeth)
Mimus = copy
Opus = foot of
Ornitho = bird
Plesios = pushed forward
Ptero = wing
Rhoeto = reptile
Skart = nimble
Thero = beast
Tyranno = tyrant
Winton = found at Winton, Qld

Using the terms above, write the meanings of the following
  • Ankylo-saur ___________________

  • Skart-opus ___________________

  • Ptero-saur ___________________

  • Oz-raptor ___________________

  • Muttaburra-saurus ___________________

  • Ornitho-pod ___________________

  • Thero-pod ___________________

  • Sauro-pod ___________________

  • Tyranno-saur-opus ___________________

  • Ichthyo-saur ___________________

  • Rhoeto-saurus ___________________

  • Winton-opus ___________________
Now try using the terms in the table to invent 3 dinosaur names of your own. Write them in the spaces below. Describe what they might have looked like.
  1. _______________________________________________________________

  2. _______________________________________________________________

  3. _______________________________________________________________

(For some assistance see the web site: www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/allabout/Nameroots.shtml)

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