Intro to Dino 101: Dinosaur Family Tree

What Are The Types of Dinosaurs?

Welcome to Intro to Dino 101, where we’ll be getting back to the dinosaur basics. Or, for many of us, getting to the basics for the first time.

The goal is to help make everyone comfortable with dinosaur info. While you don’t need to know anything at all about dinosaurs to enjoy a Dinosaur Trips experience, our trips and holidays are all about discovery and comfort, and that idea goes for this blog as well.

In this edition of Intro to Dino 101 we look at the different “types” of dinosaurs and the dinosaur family tree

We’ll start wiht the sauropods; those are, generally speaking, the long-knecked ones, like Titanosaurs, Brachiosaurus, and Brontosaurus.

Then you’ve got your ornithopods. They were grazers and became one of the most successful groups of herbivores in the Cretaceous period. This group included ducked-billed dinosaurs like Edmontonosaurus, and the oft re-imagined Iguanodons.

And finally there are the theropods, who are still with us today in the form of birds. This group includes two-legged dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus, Albertosaurus, Allosaurus (above) and Velociraptor; they were often carnivores (though some evolved to vegetarian diets) .

Of course, there’s a lot more to the dinosaur family tree than these three groups, but having a general sense of what sauropods, ornithopods, and theropods are will get you a long way here in Intro to Dino 101!

Intro to Dino 101: Dinosaur Family Tree

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