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Carnivorous Dinosaurs? Not So Much

Written by PETA | December 21, 2010
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Those of us who enjoy the benefits of a green, healthy, and humane vegan diet may be tempted to think of people who still eat meat as dinosaurs, but besides being rude to our fellow man (after all, most of us used to eat meat), we may be slandering real dinosaurs by clinging to such attitudes.

Researchers at Chicago’s Field Museum have theorized that many theropods—members of a family of dinosaurs that included legendary predators such as Tyrannosaurus rex and the velociraptors—were vegetarians. This comes on the heels of findings that contradict the previously held notion that large carnivorous dinosaurs roamed Australia during the Cretaceous Period.

Not only is this fascinating, it also has practical uses—if your dino-loving kids balk at eating salads, just tell them it’s the dinosaur way to dine!

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Martin says:

    Some therapods doesn’t mean T-Rex, there were over a hundred therapod species spread of millions of years, this is like saying since basking sharks eat plankton, all other sharks do as well

  • Canaduck says:

    I am a huge dinosaur lover and a vegan, and I’d say that the concept that some therapods were herbivorous seems plausible. It doesn’t make a difference one way or the other, though–they’re dinosaurs, so who cares whether they were vegetarian or not?

  • Glasofruix says:

    @courtney, and why should we care? Because if i remember well, some others were still carnivores. It’s not like ALL of the dinosaurs after that ate salad…

  • Carla* says:

    Thanks Jeff!!

  • Jeff says:

    To clarify, the researchers aren’t saying that T. Rex was herbivorous, just that other theropods (previously assumed to be carnivorous) were likely plant-eaters.

    As for humans, our teeth (including the so-called canine teeth, which are better suited to piercing the skin of fruits than of animals) are clearly intended for a veggie diet. See…/yes-its-true-humans-arent-meant-to-eat-meat for more on that topic.

  • dwalker says:

    Very misleading article. Below is a quote from a researcher from the Field Museum. Try more fact and less propaganda.

    “Of course, the T. rex and the Velociraptor of Jurassic Park fame were undeniably meat-eaters, but Zanno says that they should be looked at “more as the exception than the rule.”

  • Dilophosaur says:

    Hate to say this. Its wrong. They have found teeth marks in Triceratops skeletons that match Tyrannosaurus Rex. In Canada, they found a the remains of a whole herd of Pachyrhinosaurus and the teeth marks in the bones matched the teeth of a Tyrannosaur called Albertosaurus. So most Theropods were carnivores with the exception of Therizenosaurs.

  • Really? says:

    There are two types of teeth, teeth designed for cutting meat/holding prey (like our incisors/canine teeth), and teeth designed for crushing plants (like our molars). Herbivores could not eat plants without the crushing teeth, it just wasn’t possible to eat plants without them. The T-Rex did NOT have teeth for crushing plants. It had MEAT EATING teeth. This claim is bogus.

  • Max H. says:

    Relatives of said dinosaurs, not the dinosaurs themselves.

  • Kalama Halamezad says:

    Well, dwalker, I suppose that’s what the linked article was for…

    Had you opted to use said resources to educate yourself, rather than fail to even comprehend what was written in the post (although stated in the way that marketers often do to mislead people), you would have learned that vegetarian theropods did not include T. Rex, Velociraptor, or other similarly-toothed predators.  

    In fact, it was the theropods that had peg or other-shaped teeth who were theorized to be omni- or herbivorous.

  • dwalker says:

    And to support this theory, which large animal, currently alive today, has teeth like a Tyrnnosaurus Rex and eats plants?