Why did dinosaurs rule the planet for over 150 million years? Because they were veg-heads, natch!
A new study of the diet of 90 species of theropod dinosaurs finds that plant eating was a common way of life — and may have also helped them survive and exploit new environments. For those that didn’t geek out on this stuff as a kid like myself, theropods are the bipedal “predatory” dinosaurs like T-Rex and Velociraptor. And while those two most certainly were meat eaters, scientists say that they were the exception rather than the rule.
Dr Lindsay Zanno of the Chicago Field Museum said: “Most theropods are clearly adapted to a predatory lifestyle, but somewhere on the line to birds, predatory dinosaurs went soft.”
Or rather, in this guy’s eyes, they decided to evolve. Rock on dinos!