25 Things You Were Taught In School That Are Not True.
#6. If you tell a kindergarten today that all dinosaurs are extinct, they wouldn't stop laughing.
Yup, it may sound crazy, but not all dinosaurs were extinct 65 million years ago like we were taught in school. There are still seagulls, blue jays, hummingbirds, and pigeons are still flying around all over the city. Steve Brusatte, who’s the author of the book “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs” explained, “Today’s birds evolved from dinosaurs, which makes them every bit as much of a dinosaur as T. rex or Triceratops.”
#7. And while we’re on it, did you know that dinosaurs didn’t actually look like gigantic lizards either?
Paleontologists have discovered a few well-preserved fossils that prove dinosaurs were covered in fluffy colorful feathers. Does this mean Steven Spielberg will have to redo the 90s blockbuster all-time-classic film, Jurassic Park? Only time will tell! But researchers explained that they were able to identify colors when they studied these small structures known as melanosomes found in fossilized feathers. “It’s one of the most amazing things that’s happened in my lifetime as a scientist,” explained Steve Brusatte.
#8. We were taught in school that the Brontosaurus wasn’t really a dinosaur. For years, the giant herbivore was mislabeled as an Apatosaurus. But that all changed in 2015!
For over 100 years, the Brontosaurus wasn’t really considered a dinosaur. In 1879, Paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh classified it as Apatosaurus because it shared some similarities with another specimen he had found 2 years prior. But in 2015, a study discovered that the two fossils were inherently different. So much so, that they belonged to two different categories, so now we know that the Brontosaurus is actually a dinosaur after all.
#9. The solar system could have 8 or 13 planets after scientists demoted a couple of planets and reclassified them. Then, they bumped them up again into a new category.
You probably remember how in the 90s, scientists demoted Pluto from being a planet to being known as a Kuiper Belt Object. Sometime before poor Pluto got stripped of its title, Ceres, another body formerly known as a planet, was reclassified as part of an asteroid belt. But then, in 2006, scientists bumped back Ceres and Pluto and assigned them the category of “dwarf planets”. Yup, we got a little bit dizzy too!
#10. All in all, about 200 people were accused of being witches, but contrary to popular belief, women weren’t burned at the stake.
Apparently, no one got burned when the Massachusetts Bay Colony witch scare rolled around in 1692. Anyone believed to be a witch were occasionally burned in Europe. In England, most people got hanged. Out of 200 people who were thought of being a witch, 19 were convicted and hanged. Only one person was believed to be crushed under stones until they passed away. But here’s the catch. Women weren’t the only one being accused of delving into the supernatural. During the Salem Witch trials, 5 men were actually executed.
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