The Ultimate Today's Animals and Dinosaurs Quiz
by Staff
Dinosaurs became extinct some 60 million years ago, but some animal species that lived side by side with them survived and their descendants live on today. Take our quiz and find out which animals you recognize have their roots in the dinosaur era.

What is the prevailing scientific theory about how dinosaurs met their end?

  • They were wiped out when an asteroid hit the earth.
  • There was a significant increase in the earth's temperature, making it very difficult for most life forms to survive on earth.
  • There was a flu epidemic which wiped out the dinosaur population.

What is the mass extinction of dinosaurs officially known as?

  • Jurassic-Tertiary Mass Extinction event
  • Cretaceous Mass Extinction event
  • Cretaceous-Tertiary Mass Extinction event

What were the first vertebrae to learn to fly called?

  • Tryannosaurus-rex
  • pterosaurs
  • mosasaurs

What did dinosaurs who survived the extinction evolve into?

  • reptiles
  • amphibians
  • birds

What percentage of marine life made it through the mass extinction which knocked out the dinosaurs?

  • 12 percent
  • 68 percent
  • 84 percent

What do scientists believe helped contribute to the mass extinction event that knocked off the dinosaur population?

  • volcanoes
  • disease
  • drought and famine

At the end of which period did dinosaurs become extinct?

  • Triassic
  • Jurassic
  • Cretaceous

What was the age of mammals called?

  • Precambrian Time
  • Cenozoic era
  • Paleozoic era

A past theory put the blame for the extinction of dinosaurs on mammals. What did it say they did?

  • They preyed on dinosaur eggs.
  • They contaminated the water sources.
  • They competed with the dinosaurs for food.

How many species of monotremes exist today?

  • two
  • three
  • four

Where does the tuatara live?

  • Australia
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand

What species does the alligator belong to?

  • crocodilian
  • reptilian humanoid
  • amphibian

How many types of amphibians survived extinction?

  • three
  • six
  • nine

What trees were commonly found during the Mesozoic era?

  • cedar trees
  • palm trees
  • ferns and conifers

What shape leaved does the Gingko biloba plant have?

  • tear drop shaped leaves
  • fan shaped leaves
  • round leaves

What is a flowering plant called?

  • angiosperm
  • floralin
  • sow pomum

Which land creature that exists today existed during the Mesozoic period?

  • monkeys
  • birds
  • insects

What did Ichthyosaurs look like?

  • the Loch Ness monster
  • dolphins
  • snakes

What well known ocean predator existed at the same time as dinosaurs?

  • whales
  • dolphins
  • sharks

What sea creature today bears a strong resemblance to marine life during the Mesozoic era?

  • hagfish and lampreys
  • shellfish
  • octopus