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Question 1: However, because they were either common to other groups of ________ or were not present in all early dinosaurs, these features are not considered to be synapomorphies.

Question 2: From a behavioral standpoint, one of the most valuable dinosaur fossils was discovered in the ________ in 1971.
Ordos DesertGobi DesertTaklamakan DesertNamib Desert

Question 3: In 1858, the first known American dinosaur was discovered, in marl pits in the small town of ________ (although fossils had been found before, their nature had not been correctly discerned).
Collingswood, New JerseyVoorhees Township, New JerseyCherry Hill, New JerseyHaddonfield, New Jersey

Question 4: The study of these "great fossil lizards" soon became of great interest to European and American scientists, and in 1842 the English paleontologist ________ coined the term "dinosaur".
Charles DarwinThomas Henry HuxleyRichard OwenIguanodon

Question 5: It was an extremely important find: Hadrosaurus was one of the first nearly complete dinosaur skeletons found (the first was in 1834, in Maidstone, Kent, England), and it was clearly a ________ creature.
QuadrupedalismGaitTerrestrial locomotionBipedalism

Question 6: Meanwhile herbivorous insects and mammals diversified rapidly to take advantage of the new type of plant food, while lizards, snakes, crocodilians and ________ also diversified at the same time.
Modern birdsArchaeopteryxEnantiornithesBird

Question 7: When dinosaurs appeared, terrestrial habitats were occupied by various types of basal archosaurs and therapsids, such as ________, cynodonts, dicynodonts, ornithosuchids, rauisuchias, and rhynchosaurs.

Question 8: Using the strict ________ definition that all descendants of a single common ancestor must be included in a group for that group to be natural, birds would thus be dinosaurs and dinosaurs are, therefore, not extinct.
Computational phylogeneticsPhylogeneticsCladeCladistics

Question 9: The largest known carnivorous dinosaur was ________, reaching a length of 16 to 18 meters (50 to 60 ft), and weighing in at 8150 kg (18000 lb).

Question 10: The discovery was reported in 1998, and described the specimen of a small, very young ________, Scipionyx samniticus.

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