Q:

What is a herbivorous dinosaur?

A:

An herbivorous dinosaur is a dinosaur that only eats plants. The majority of dinosaur species were herbivores, including the brachiosaurus, stegosaurs, triceratops, astrodon, ankylosaurus and ornithopsis.

It has been suggested that approximately 65 percent of dinosaur species were herbivores, where roughly 35 percent were carnivores, or theropods. Examples of well-known carnivorous dinosaurs are the tyrannosaurus rex, or T-rex, and velociraptor. A very small number of dinosaur species were omnivores, meaning they ate both plants and animals. Most herbivorous dinosaurs were actually omnivores in a sense, because they often accidentally ingested small animals and insects when eating plants.

In all animal populations, there tend to be more herbivores than carnivores. More plant eaters are needed at the bottom of the food chain in order to supply food and energy to carnivores at the top of the food chain.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    What is a Muttaburrasaurus?

    A:

    Muttaburrasaurus was a primarily herbivorous dinosaur from the early Cretaceous period of roughly 112 to 104 million years ago. The species is known from fossils found near Queensland, Australia.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What did Triceratops eat?

    A:

    Triceratops were herbivorous and probably ate low-growing plants because of their short necks and low heads. They may have eaten bushes, small trees and grasses. They may have been able to eat taller plants by knocking them down with their horns and beaks.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Where was Sue the dinosaur found?

    A:

    The fossilized remains of Sue the T. rex were found near Faith, S.D., during the summer of 1990. As of 2014, Sue is considered to be the largest and most complete skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. Sue measures 40.5 feet and weighs over 3,900 pounds.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How tall is a raptor dinosaur?

    A:

    Velociraptors were about 1.6 feet tall at the hip and weighed up to 33 pounds, approximating the size of a turkey. They were significantly smaller than other members of the dromaeosaurid family, such as Deinonychus. Tail included, velociraptors could reach a length of 6.8 feet.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore