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Types of Dinosaurs



There were many different kinds of dinosaurs.
  • The smallest types were about the same size as a chicken, and the largest were over 100 feet (30 meters) long.

  • Different dinosaurs ate different diets. Some types of dinosaurs ate only meat ("carnivores"), some ate only plants ("herbivores"), and some ate both plants and meats ("omnivores").

  • Many people incorrectly assume that all the dinosaurs lived together at the same time. This was not the case. The dinosaurs lived during a period known as the Mesozoic Era which lasted many millions of years. During that time, new types of dinosaurs evolved, and other types went extinct. In fact, in terms of distance in time, we are closer to some of the later types of dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops, than they are to some of the mid-period, and relatively early types of dinosaurs such as Stegosaurus or Plateosaurus.

  • The world was very different at the time of the dinosaurs, however the dinosaurs were around for such a long time that the world changed considerably over this period:

    • At the time of the earliest dinosaurs, the Triassic period, all the Earth's continents were joined together in one super-continent, called Pangaea.

    • During the final period of the dinosaurs, known as the the Cretaceous period, just before the dinosaurs become extinct, the super-continent had broken up, and the different parts had begun to drift apart into something starting to resemble the modern globe.

    Of course, during this entire period, different regions had different climates and ecology, and so different types of animals (including different types of dinosaurs) were found in the various parts of the world.

  • Just like modern animals, the different types of dinosaurs were related to each other. Biologists use the terms "order", "family", "genus" and "species" to classify dinosaurs and to indicate how closely different types of animals are related.

    A dinosaur which is the same species as another dinosaur is of the exact same type, whereas two dinosaurs which are of the same genus are closely related but of different types, and two dinosaurs of the same family are a bit more distantly related and so on.

The chart below shows some of the different types of dinosaurs (divided into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores). In most cases, the chart shows a genus or family of dinosaur, although in some cases a single species may be indicated.

Please select any one of these dinosaurs, if you would like to find out more informaiton about that particular type of dinosaur:

Carnivornes
(Meat-Eaters)
Herbivores
(Plant-Eaters)
Omnivores
(Ate Meat and Plants)
 
Acrocanthosaurus
Acrocanthosaurus
 
Adasaurus
Adasaurus
 
Afrovenator
Afrovenator
 
Albertosaurus
Albertosaurus
 
Alectrosaurus
Alectrosaurus
 
Alioramus
Alioramus
 
Allosaurus
Allosaurus
 
Anchiornis
Anchiornis
 
Aucasaurus
Aucasaurus
 
Bambiraptor
Bambiraptor
 
Baryonyx
Baryonyx
 
Buitreraptor
Buitreraptor
 
Carcharodontosaurus
Carcharodontosaurus
 
Carnotaurus
Carnotaurus
 
Ceratosaurus
Ceratosaurus
 
Coelophysis
Coelophysis
 
Coelurus
Coelurus
 
Compsognathus
Compsognathus
 
Cryolophosaurus
Cryolophosaurus
 
Deinonychus
Deinonychus
 
Dilong
Dilong
 
Dilophosaurus
Dilophosaurus
 
Dromaeosaurus
Dromaeosaurus
 
Eotyrannus
Eotyrannus
 
Epidexipteryx
Epidexipteryx
 
Giganotosaurus
Giganotosaurus
 
Gorgosaurus
Gorgosaurus
 
Guanlong
Guanlong
 
Herrerasaurus
Herrerasaurus
 
Majungasaurus
Majungasaurus
 
Megalosaurus
Megalosaurus
 
Microraptor
Microraptor
 
Rajasaurus
Rajasaurus
 
Rugops
Rugops
 
Saltopus
Saltopus
 
Scipionyx
Scipionyx
 
Sinornithoides
Sinornithoides
 
Sinosauropteryx
Sinosauropteryx
 
Spinosaurus
Spinosaurus
 
Staurikosaurus
Staurikosaurus
 
Suchomimus
Suchomimus
 
Tarbosaurus
Tarbosaurus
 
Torvosaurus
Torvosaurus
 
Troodon
Troodon
 
Tyrannosaurus rex
Tyrannosaurus rex
 
Utahraptor
Utahraptor
 
Velociraptor
Velociraptor
 
Xiongguanlong
Xiongguanlong
 
Yangchuanosaurus
Yangchuanosaurus
  
 
Achelousaurus
Achelousaurus
 
Agujaceratops
Agujaceratops
 
Alamosaurus
Alamosaurus
 
Altirhinus
Altirhinus
 
Alxasaurus
Alxasaurus
 
Ampelosaurus
Ampelosaurus
 
Anchiceratops
Anchiceratops
 
Animantarx
Animantarx
 
Ankylosaurus
Ankylosaurus
 
Apatosaurus
Apatosaurus
(Brontosaurus)
Argentinosaurus
Argentinosaurus
 
Avaceratops
Avaceratops
 
Bactrosaurus
Bactrosaurus
 
Brachiosaurus
Brachiosaurus
 
Camarasaurus
Camarasaurus
 
Camptosaurus
Camptosaurus
 
Centrosaurus
Centrosaurus
 
Cetiosaurus
Cetiosaurus
 
Chasmosaurus
Chasmosaurus
 
Corythosaurus
Corythosaurus
 
Diabloceratops
Diabloceratops
 
Diplodocus
Diplodocus
 
Echinodon
Echinodon
 
Edmontonia
Edmontonia
 
Edmontosaurus
Edmontosaurus
 
Eotriceratops
Eotriceratops
 
Euoplocephalus
Euoplocephalus
(Scolosaurus)
Gastonia
Gastonia
 
Gigantspinosaurus
Gigantspinosaurus
 
Giraffatitan
Giraffatitan
 
Hadrosaurus
Hadrosaurus
 
Heterodontosaurus
Heterodontosaurus
 
Hypsilophodon
Hypsilophodon
 
Iguanodon
Iguanodon
 
Kentrosaurus
Kentrosaurus
 
Kritosaurus
Kritosaurus
 
Lambeosaurus
Lambeosaurus
 
Lesothosaurus
Lesothosaurus
 
Magyarosaurus
Magyarosaurus
 
Maiasaura
Maiasaura
 
Mamenchisaurus
Mamenchisaurus
 
Massospondylus
Massospondylus
 
Melanorosaurus
Melanorosaurus
 
Minmi
Minmi
 
Monoclonius
Monoclonius
 
Mussaurus
Mussaurus
 
Muttaburrasaurus
Muttaburrasaurus
 
Nanyangosaurus
Nanyangosaurus
 
Nemegtosaurus
Nemegtosaurus
 
Nigersaurus
Nigersaurus
 
Nipponosaurus
Nipponosaurus
 
Nodosaurus
Nodosaurus
 
Ouranosaurus
Ouranosaurus
 
Pachycephalosaurus
Pachycephalosaurus
 
Pachyrhinosaurus
Pachyrhinosaurus
 
Panoplosaurus
Panoplosaurus
 
Paralititan
Paralititan
 
Parasaurolophus
Parasaurolophus
 
Pentaceratops
Pentaceratops
 
Pinacosaurus
Pinacosaurus
 
Pisanosaurus
Pisanosaurus
 
Plateosaurus
Plateosaurus
 
Prenocephale
Prenocephale
 
Protoceratops
Protoceratops
 
Psittacosaurus
Psittacosaurus
 
Riojasaurus
Riojasaurus
 
Saichania
Saichania
 
Saltasaurus
Saltasaurus
 
Saurolophus
Saurolophus
 
Scutellosaurus
Scutellosaurus
 
Seismosaurus
Seismosaurus
 
Stegoceras
Stegoceras
 
Stegosaurus
Stegosaurus
 
Styracosaurus
Styracosaurus
 
Supersaurus
Supersaurus
(Ultrasauros)
Talarurus
Talarurus
 
Tarchia
Tarchia
 
Torosaurus
Torosaurus
 
Trachodon
Trachodon
 
Triceratops
Triceratops
 
Tuojiangosaurus
Tuojiangosaurus
 
Ultrasaurus
Ultrasaurus
 
Unaysaurus
Unaysaurus
 
Zalmoxes
Zalmoxes
 
Zuniceratops
Zuniceratops
  
 
Abrictosaurus
Abrictosaurus
 
Avimimus
Avimimus
 
Caudipteryx
Caudipteryx
 
Chirostenotes
Chirostenotes
 
Dromiceiomimus
Dromiceiomimus
 
Gallimimus
Gallimimus
 
Nomingia
Nomingia
 
Ornithomimus
Ornithomimus
 
Oviraptor
Oviraptor
 
Pelecanimimus
Pelecanimimus
 
Protarchaeopteryx
Protarchaeopteryx
 
Sinovenator
Sinovenator
 
Struthiomimus
Struthiomimus
  


   
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