We have another Dippy the Dinosaur challenge for you! With November being a month to celebrate family, we thought it would be nice for YOU to have Dippy over for dinner. What do you prepare for a guest who’s 150 million years old and likes to eat around 70 pounds of ferns a day?
Dippy Can’t Chew
If Dippy were to show up for dinner, would you have room for an 85-foot-long guest? Diplodocus is known for its long neck and tail. If you picture Dippy standing on a baseball diamond, the ancient visitor would almost take up all the space between home and first base!
Due to its peg-like teeth and the way the upper and lower jaw bones fit together, Dippy would have been unable to chew. So, expect your dinner guest to pluck away and swallow by the mouthful.
When it comes to cooking dinner for Dippy, the dinosaur would’ve been a pretty easy dinner guest. Diplodocus were herbivores, so forget the turkey. When Dippy was alive, their main sources of food would have been conifers, ferns, ginkgoes, cycads, club mosses, and an extinct group of plants known as bennettitaleans.
Setting Dippy’s Placemat
Now that you know a little more about your dinner guest, it’s time to set Dippy’s placemat! We’ve included a printable placemat full of activities for you and Dippy to complete during dinner.
Want to be featured? Tag Dippy on Twitter at @dippy_the_dino or email your dinosaur placemat activity creations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dippy has been Carnegie Natural History Museum’s dinosaur mascot for 120 years! Andrew Carnegie’s team of scientists discovered and assembled the first Diplodocus in 1899. What better way to celebrate than inviting Dippy for dinner.
Learn more in Nature Lab!