Amy Brannan

Amy grew up in England and in the early 1990's moved to North Carolina where she completed a bachelors degree in Psychology in 2001. Amy's personal interest in writing was sparked by her love of reading fiction and her creative writing hobby. Amy is currently self employed as a freelance writer and web designer. When she is not working Amy can be found curled up with a good book and her black Labrador, Jet.

Ankylosaurus: Armored Dinosaur

Ankylosaurus

It was in the late Cretaceous period some 99 – 65 million years ago that the Ankylosaurus roamed the Earth. The Ankylosaurus is the perfect example of the wide diversity that had come to be during the late Cretaceous period as dinosaurs expanded and diversified. This particularly large quadruped is known by many for its large an armored body but there are very many things about the Ankylosaurus aside from just its tough exterior shell that make this dinosaur worth studying for Paleontologists. From its immense size to its survival through to the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction there are many things to be discovered about this massive vegetarian..

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Fascinating Facts About The Twelve Disciples

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The twelve disciples, often referred to as the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ were twelve of the followers of Jesus Christ in Christianity. The twelve disciples were, according to Christianity ordinary men who followed the teachings of Jesus Christ and after witnessing His crucifixion and His resurrection and His ascension these men were sent out to spread the word of Christianity and be witness to the work of God….

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Stegosaurus Facts: Fossils Found on Four Continents

Stegosaurus Facts

The Stegosaurus is perhaps one of the most widely recognized dinosaurs due to its armored plates that ran along its back in two columns. The Stegosaurus lived 150 to 145 million years ago during the late Jurassic period. While the large armored plates of the Stegosaurus make it more recognizable to amateur dinosaur lovers they also make it much easier for paleontologists to identify other Stegosaurids as well. The Stegosaurus, unlike some other varieties of dinosaurs, did not live through the small mass extinction which occurred at the end of the Jurassic period and as a result, never lived to see low level grasses or the humongous Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Stegosaurus did, however, live to thrive and spread their kind so far across the globe that their fossils have been found on four continents so far! We bring you all the facts, and many theories, that we could dig up on this magnificent dinosaur…

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Velociraptor: The Dinosaur Known Simply As “The Raptor”

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The Velociraptor, also known as simply the “Raptor” roamed the Earth around 75 to 71 million years ago. Contrary to popular belief following the film “Jurassic Park” the Velociraptor did not exist during the Jurassic period – in fact the Velociraptor did not make its first appearance until the late Cretaceous period millions of years later. The Velociraptor was a small dromaeosaurid that stood at about the same size as a turkey and yet it managed to leave a lasting impression both on paleontologists and dinosaur lovers alike!..

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Trick or Treat: The True Origin of Halloween

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The yearly holiday of Halloween is one of the most anticipated holidays of the year for children worldwide; however, this candy filled holiday was not always the holiday it is today. It was not always that children dressed like demons and posed the well known question “trick or treat”, it was not always that houses displayed decorations and families came together to walk through neighborhoods. The holiday we know as Halloween today did not begin with any of the commonly known traditions of today’s celebrations, in fact the holiday had much more peculiar and mixed beginnings…

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Amazing Human Brain Facts

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As the control center of the human nervous system the human brain is the single most complex organ within the human body. Although the general parts of the human brain and its structure are similar to those of other animals the most amazing thing about the human brain is its sheer size. The human brain is three times larger than other mammals with body sizes similar to the human being. So why is the human brain so huge? Take a look around the animal kingdom and no where will you find a creature that is capable of the highly complex tasks that we are capable of thanks to the presence of our incredible and large brains…

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The Brontosaurus Goes “Extinct”

Brontosaurus

Over the past years the Brontosaurus has become no more. It is not the fact that the dinosaur disappeared, more that it never actually existed. The Brontosaurus as it was known to paleontologists was actually first discovered and classified as the Apatosaurus and due to rules of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature the name which was documented first defaults. As a result approximately thirty years ago the Brontosaurus name began to fade out and the once grand and well recognized dinosaur received a name change. Despite the name change, however, this humongous beast of a dinosaur still holds a place in dinosaur lover’s hearts as a “favorite”…

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Tyrannosaurus Rex: The King of Dinosaurs

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Known as the king of the dinosaurs and a vicious meat eating carnivore, the Tyrannosaurus Rex roamed the Earth 67 to 66.5 million years ago. The fascination in this king of the beasts most certainly comes from the fact that this terrifying creature was once alive, alive and kicking around all 7.5 tons of its weight around the land that we now call our home. From fossil discoveries paleontologists can tell a lot about how the Tyrannosaurus Rex used to live, including the animals that it used to feel upon. By analyzing fossils that are millions of years old paleontologists can find, with a remarkable amount of detail, many unusual facts about this terrible lizard…

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Jurassic Period Facts: Rise of the Dinosaurs

Jurassic mountains

The Mesozoic era saw some incredibly amazing life forms that continue to puzzle paleontologists today. The Mesozoic era was divided in to three individual periods: the Triassic period, the Jurassic period and the Cretaceous period. Smack in the middle of the Mesozoic area, the Jurassic period itself was also divided in to three sections, the early, middle and late Jurassic periods. The Jurassic period brought some amazing changes that bred some amazing prehistoric beasts in a time which fell between 146 and 200 million years ago…

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The Ultimate Guide to Jurassic Period Dinosaurs

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During Mesozoic era there are three specific periods of time in which dinosaurs ruled the Earth, the Triassic, the Jurassic and the Cretaceous periods. These eras were labeled by geologists as a way to distinguish between geologic strata and the periods in which they occurred. The most well known and publicized period of the three dinosaur times is the Jurassic. Why is this so?…

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