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Friday, February 29, 2008

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference

The Friday Brain-teaser from Credo Reference - this week: Prehistoric Times. Answers here.

1. Which 1993 film, based on a 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, was about chaos overtaking a theme park in which the main attractions are dinosaurs from the Jurassic period?
2. The Danish archaeologist Christian Jurgensen Thomsen divided the prehistoric past into three ages: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and...what?
3. Some of the most famous prehistoric cave-paintings in the world are at Lascaux, which is in which country?
4. Which extinct reptile gets its name from two Greek words meaning "terrible lizard"?
5. What is the name of the prehistoric monument near Salisbury, England, which is the most imposing megalithic monument in existence?
6. Australopithecus is an extinct genus of the hominid family found in which continent: Africa, Australia or South America?
7. Were the prehistoric inhabitants of Britain called Jutes, Vandals or Celts?
8. What is the popular name for a prehistoric member of the cat family which had two long fangs and a wide-opening jaw structure that enabled it to kill its prey by stabbing and slashing at its throat?
9. Parts of the skull of the "Piltdown Man" found in East Sussex, England, in 1911 proved to be a hoax, as the jawbone was found to belong to...what?
10. What is the word for the scientific study of fossils?

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