Congratulations! You are about to embark on the journey of a lifetime; in fact, the journey of many lifetimes, as you travel back in time - as much as 245 million years - to view dinosaurs in their own habitats.

It is an unparalleled experience. These magnificent creatures ruled the earth for over 180 million years. The later dinosaurs, such as Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex, lived closer to our age than to many of the other dinosaurs from even the middle period of their reign. You will discover that dinosaurs, although vastly different from the animals you may know on earth today, act in ways that will seem strangely familiar to anyone who has watched a nature documentary on television or seen animals in the wild. The way they live, eat and hunt does not look so different from how today's creatures behave.

That is partly because the rules of survival 245 million years ago were exactly the same as they are today and will be tomorrow.

It is also due to the fact that descendants of the dinosaurs - birds - live among us today. This guide introduces you to the many different species you may encounter on your dinosaur-spotting trip. You will notice that the information is, at times, incomplete.

Even today there are certain things that we do not know - it can be problematic, for example, to give a specific weight for some dinosaurs -so any additional information that you can discover will always be welcome.

Maiasaura and her babies

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