09/09/2014 08:26 am ET Updated Sep 09, 2014

Five Dinosaur Myths That You Probably Thought Were True (VIDEO)

How much do you know about dinosaurs? If you’re still relying on what you learned in grade school -- and saw in Hollywood classics like "Jurassic Park" -- you've got dinosaurs all wrong.

Yes, the scientific understanding of dinosaurs -- and dinosaur behavior -- has changed drastically in recent years.

"'Jurassic Park' fossilized an image of scaly dinosaurs in our imagination," Brian Switek, dinosaur expert and author of the book My Beloved Brontosaurus, told The Huffington Post in an email. "Despite scores of fluffy and fuzzy dinosaur fossils, many people still prefer the scabrous, reptilian versions they grew up with. Nostalgia's great, but paleontology has kept altering our perceptions of what dinosaurs were like in the 20 years since Spielberg's classic film."

And, of course, paleontologists may have just (literally) scratched the surface when it comes to finding all there is to know about dinosaurs.

For instance, "one of the common misconceptions I hear is that dinosaur diversity was dwindling toward the end of the Cretaceous [period]," paleontologist Peter Larson, president of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in South Dakota, told The Huffington Post in an email. "Interestingly enough, that is where we need more collecting and more research."

Switek and Larson helped me make sense of five new scientific findings that just may change the way you think about dinosaurs -- check out the video above and/or read the transcript below. Also, leave your thoughts about our changing understanding of dinosaurs in the comments. Talk nerdy to me!


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