TIME TO CHANGE THE HISTORY BOOKS: T-Rex, Raptor Relatives Were Plant Eaters

December 21, 2010


Jurassic Park better change their lunch menu.

In a report that shouldn't surprise anybody who's traveled back in time to have sex with them, numerous species of dinosaurs previously thought to be carnivorous may, in fact, have been herbivorous. Pfft, like I haven't seduced a coelurosaur with a veggie-wrap before.

Lindsay Zanno and Peter Makovicky of the Field Museum in Chicago used statistical analysis to conclude that 90 species of theropod dinosaurs ate a plant-based diet, especially among coelurosaurs, the most bird-like dinosaurs.

Through their analysis, the researchers found that 44 theropod species distributed across six major lineages ate plants and that the ancestor to most feathered dinosaurs and modern birds had probably already stopped eating meat only during the Cretaceous Period, some 145 million to 65 million years ago.

In light of the large number of plant eaters during that period, the carnivorous diet of T Rex, Velociraptor and other meat-eating coelurosaurs should be viewed "more as the exception than the rule," Dr Zanno said.

"It's time to start seeing these animals in a new evolutionary context," Dr Zanno said.

Not only is it time to start seeing these animals in a new evolutionary context, it's time to start seeing them naked in my bed. YOU BETTER BRING AT LEAST ONE THIS YEAR, FAT MAN!

US paleontologists say most bird-like dinosaurs ate plants [theaustralian]

Thanks to Peter, who takes everything these "scientists" say with a grain of salt. Also, the rest of the salt and the margarita it came with.

  • Guest

    Depending on how much protein and other nutrition found also in prey of that plant will determine how  much of that plant they'll consume. But I do bet they had more of an omnivore diet. Just my theory, based on the fact that herbivores like deer will sometimes eat  small critters like chicks. That is because they haven't received much of the nutrition needed from plants in that area, so they turn to what else has that nutrition they need.

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