ARCTIC DINOSAURS MAY HAVE LIVED THERE YEAR ROUND, IN SNOW AND FULL WINTERS
So we’ve learned a whole lot about dinosaurs in recent years. I mean, just look at what we know since the first Jurassic Park movie came out? They made that movie before we really knew that most dinosaurs probably had feathers! And forget about before we even knew what a velociraptor was. We thought dinosaurs were all slow, dumb reptiles. But now? Now, we also know that some dinosaurs lived pretty damn far up north, year-round. So yes, they didn’t do what the many of today’s dinosaur remnants do. You know, birds? They migrate south. But now, we know that some Arctic dinosaurs stayed where they were, even thru snowy winters.
A SINGLE JAWBONE DISCOVERY TURNED US ON TO THE REALITY OF ARCTIC DINOSAURS
So no, we don’t know too much more than that. But what we do comes from work resulting from the find of a tiny dinosaur jaw in Alaska. When scientists looked at the microscopic details of the ancient bone, they realized that some Arctic dinosaurs were able to slow their growth during seasons with less food. You might know that as… winter. Cold weather. Snow. Less sunlight and shorter days. But it turns out, some dinosaurs called all 4 seasons home! So yes, you just might safely assume that such creatures had quite the plumage of warm feathers.
ACTUALLY, ARCTIC DINOSAURS USED TO LIVE ON BOTH POLES, MAY HAVE HIBERNATED
So yes, this is pretty cool stuff. I mean, we’re talking about Arctic dinosaurs! Well, not really Arctic. We’re talking about so long ago that we don’t really know where these bones first laid down to rest. Yup, we’re talking about the fact that continents have moved a lot since whatever dinosaur donated that jawbone. We know where we found it. But millions of years ago? Only generally. But we know enough to know that dinosaurs once lived close to both the North and South Poles. There’s a lot left for us to learn. Maybe these guys even hibernated, like bears?