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1. Fossils have often been given as explanations for mythical creatures (notably dinosaur fossils for dragons in China). Which Mongolian ceratopsian herbivore, notable for lacking the horns typical of the family and for its distinctive frill, is one explanation for the origins of the griffin?
2. The brontosaurus, one of the most famous of dinosaurs, actually never existed. What is this sauropod now (correctly) known as?
3. The elasmosaurus was an ocean-dwelling plesiosaur of the Late Cretaceous. What mistake did Edward Drinker Cope make on its discovery?
4. The fossils of the Megalonyx jeffersonii were confused by founding father Thomas Jefferson to be the remains of a giant lion-like cat. The remains were later discovered to have belonged to an extinct species of which type of creature?
5. This herbivore, one of the first dinosaurs to be discovered and just the second to be officially named, has baffled scientists ever since its discovery. Perceptions on just what it looked like changed constantly; early on scientists thought they appeared like a lizard with a horn on its head (actually a thumb). Which duck-billed dinosaur is this?
6. When the tooth of the Nebraska Man was discovered, it was believed to be evidence of a missing link in evolution. The tooth really belonged to a relative of what type of creature?
7. The hypsilophodon's history is riddled with errors! Along with the misconception of its size and the apparent "fact" that it was armoured, where was the hypsilophodon originally believed to have lived?
8. With a name that means "egg thief", this dinosaur was discovered along with a nest of what was believed to be protoceratops eggs, leading scientists to believe they stole from other dinosaur nests. Later it was discovered that the nest was actually its own! What is the Late Cretaceous carnivore in question?
9. Herodotus almost became the first paleontologist as well as historian! In which famous ancient historical structure(s) did he discover the fossils of ancient single-celled organisms, which he dismissed to be the food of the builders?
10. A dinosaur with two brains? Surely not! Which famous dinosaur, easily identifiable due to its body plates and spiked tail, was believed to have two brains- one in the head and the other in the tail?
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