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Dimetrodon



Dimetrodon
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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Synapsida
  Order Pelycosauria
  Suborder Eupelycosauria
  Family Sphenaocodontidae
  Genus Dimetrodon
Dimetrodon is probably the best-known of the mammal-like reptiles. It was a predator that lived in the Permian period between about 280 million and 265 million years ago.

Dimetrodon is believed to have been the largest predator in its habitat. Adults were up to 11 feet (3.5 meters) in length. It had four sprawling legs, and a large tail, and probably walked in a similar manner to lizards. It most noteable feature however is the large sail on its back.

Dimetrodon's sail was filled with blood vessels and is believed to have mainly served to help in regulating body temperature. By facing the sail towards the sun, Dimetrodon could heat itself up quickly, and it could also use the sail to cool itself if it became too hot. Additionally, the sail may have served a number of secondary purposes such as attracting mates, or helping to deter other predators (by making the animal appear larger than it was).

The name Dimetrodon means "two measures of teeth", and was chosen in 1878 by Edward D. Cope. This name reflects the fact that the animal's skull contains two different types of teeth (unlike reptiles which normally only contain a single type of teeth) - namely sharp canine teeth, and shearing teeth.

Fossils of Dimetrodon have so been found in North America and Europe. As well as fossils of the animal itself, fossilized Dimetrodon footprints have also been found.

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Dimetrodon was a carnivorous (meat-eating) mammal-like reptile that lived between 280 and 265 million years ago

Dimetrodon was a carnivorous (meat-eating) mammal-like reptile that lived between 280 and 265 million years ago


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Dimetrodon (Dinosaur Lib Series)
By Rupert Oliver

Rourke Pub Group
Library Binding (20 pages)

Dimetrodon (Dinosaur Lib Series)
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A dimetrodon uses his sail-like fin to capture the sun's warming rays and hunts for food along the shores of a lake
Dimetrodon - Permian Predator
By John Davidson

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Dimetrodon - Permian Predator Table of Contents Introduction Chapter 1: Appearance and Behavior Chapter 2: Environment Conclusion Bonus Dinosaur Content Introduction to Dinosaurs Facts about Dinosaurs Dinosaur Extinction Dinosaur Fossils Dinosaur Eggs Dinosaur Names Dinosaur Diet Feathered Dinosaurs Plant Eating Dinosaurs The Weirdest Dinosaurs The Deadliest Dinosaurs Flying Dinosaurs Kinds of Dinosaurs The Biggest Dinosaurs The Smallest Dinosaurs Author Bio Publisher Introduction Salutations young reader! Today we are going to embark on a journey back to an age that began before the dinosaurs walked the earth. The age I am referring to was an incredible age with incredible creatures. These ancient animals lived nearly 300 million years ago and thrived for about 50 million years. We humans have only been around for about 60,000 years and we have only been using computers for about 75 years. The ancient animals of this age mysteriously became extinct and disappeared from our earth, but left their fossilized remains behind. Fossils have been discovered constantly in human history; the Chinese thought they were dragon bones and Europeans thought they were the bones of biblical monsters. Luckily, the scientific study of ancient animals began in between 1815-1824 with the discovery of an Iguanodon fossil. Since then ancient animals and dinosaurs have been discovered all over the world. Their immense size, strange shapes, and wonderful natures make them inherently worthy of interest. The study of ancient animals requires depth of imagination, analytical skills, and thought. The many unanswered questions about their lives, behavior, and disappearance provoke the curious to seek answers and ask even more questions. I hope this book fuels your imagination and makes you want to learn even more about dinosaurs and the ancient animals which preceded them. I hope you learn to appreciate the value of your study and that you bring a spirit of openness and wonder on your journey back to an ancient age that began before the age of the dinosaurs.
DINOSAURS!!! Kid's Book About the Dimetrodon from the Early Permian Period (Awesome Facts & Pictures for Kids about Dinosaurs 9)
By Nathanial E J Hogan

Electronic Desktop Solutions Pty Ltd
Released: 2014-02-26
Kindle Edition (12 pages)

DINOSAURS!!! Kid s Book About the Dimetrodon from the Early Permian Period (Awesome Facts & Pictures for Kids about Dinosaurs 9)
 
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Dimetrodon! A pre-dinosaur creature!

By Nathanial E J Hogan Age 8, "DINOSAURS!!! Kid's Book About the Dimetrodon from the Early Permian Period - Awesome Facts & Pictures for Kids about Dinosaurs" is an awesome non-fiction ebook with colourful pictures that look great on Kindles, Ipads, mobiles and many other tablet-style hand-held devices.

The facts are presented in easy to read 'bite-sized' sections accompanied by a picture to help children not only learn about Dimetrodons, but to also enjoy reading about these famous sail-backed pre-dinosaurs. A perfect way for kids of all ages to learn.

"...Dimetrodon.." is also great for parents to read to children who are not yet ready to read for themselves. This gives parents a great opportunity to discuss their children's favourite subject with them and to explain things further.

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The Adventures of Dennis the Dimetrodon
By Dale Down

Athena Press
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The Adventures of Dennis the Dimetrodon
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Join Dennis and all his dinosaur friends in their adventures in the park. When Dennis learns how to play with a skipping rope he gets much more than he bargained for and even makes a new friend in a very unusual place. . .
Dimetrodon Dinosaur wide rule lined paper compsoition: Awesome dinosaur cover, For students of elementary and middle school, For homeschooling, ... from classes, Teachers can do lesson plans
By Christina Peterson

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The awesome cover is of a Dimetrodon dinosaur which lived in Texas about 200 million years ago. The back cover has more information about the dinosaur. This composition book is 200 pages of wide rule lined paper. It can be used by students of elementary and middle schools, homeschooling, teachers and school offices. It is perfect to write and keep notes. Teachers can use it to do lesson plans.
Dimetrodon Dinosaur college rule lined paper composition book: Awesome Dinosaur photo cover, For use by elementary and middle school students, For ... classes, Can be used to write lesson plans
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The Dimetrodon dinosaur on the cover lived about 200 million years ago in Texas which was a marshy land at that time. On the back cover it tells more about this dinosaur. This composition book can be used by students in elementary and middle schools, homeschooling students, teachers and school offices. It is 200 pages with rule lined paper.
The Dimetrodon Journal (before there were dinosaurs!): 150 page lined notebook/diary
By Cool Image

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A life worth living is worth recording, and what better place than this journal? These lined pages crave your scribbled notes, thoughts, ideas, experiences, and notions. Fill the lines, remember your life, don't lose your ideas, and keep reaching higher to live the best life you can. It all starts here, folks, but you'll need your own pen or pencil. Write on!
Dinosaur Lake II :Dinosaurs Arising
By Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Released: 2014-03-27
Kindle Edition (366 pages)

Dinosaur Lake II :Dinosaurs Arising
 
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Prehistoric creatures have again invaded Crater Lake National Park
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DINOSAUR LAKE II: Dinosaurs Arising
by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Henry Shore has been Chief Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park for thirteen years now and thought the days when he’d had to fight a rogue dinosaur that lived in the caves below the lake were long over.
Until one of his park rangers, to save a visitor’s life, is in a deadly struggle out in the woods with a new breed of dinosaur worse than the last one. It’s as big as a man, but this one is a young one. And growing.
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1001 Nights & Other Short Stories
By Alton Thompson

Dimetrodon Media Arts
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1001 Nights & Other Short Stories
 
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The sultan faced a dilemma. He dared not fall in love again, yet he hated to be alone. His solution: take a new bride each night—and execute her at dawn! Into the fray runs Shahrazad, heroine of 'The Arabian Nights.' Her gift for spinning tales faces the ultimate test as she must enchant the sultan to save lives, including her own.

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