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Any animal that feeds on plants is called a herbivore. In this module, we are going to focus on herbivore dinosaurs, which are also called plant-eating dinosaurs. Plant-eating dinosaurs include the Brachiosaurus, the Diplodocus, the Stegosaurus, and the Triceratops.
See the fact file below for more information on the Plant-Eating Dinosaurs or alternatively, you can download our 23-page Plant-Eating Dinosaurs worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- As you may have seen in movies, many dinosaurs are depicted to be ferocious carnivores that might take you as their dinner.
- However, only 35% of the total dinosaur population were carnivores.
- Doing the math, we could conclude that 65% of dinosaurs were herbivores. This is due to the adaptations of their teeth and digestive tract.
- Dinosaurs are cool animals — so cool that they no longer hang out with us.
PHYSIOLOGY AND DIET
- Herbivorous dinosaurs had flat teeth and the flatness served the purpose of stripping and grinding plants.
- They also had special stomach acids to digest cellulose, the indigestible substance found in plants that gives them a rigid and strong quality.
- You may be wondering how scientists determine a dinosaur’s diet; well, they did not travel back in time to do so.
- Instead, they determine a dinosaur’s diet by examining its fossilized remains, or coprolites (dinosaur poop), that contain plant materials.
- Here are four examples of dinosaur herbivores: the Brachiosaurus, the Diplodocus, the Stegosaurus, and the Triceratops.
- Era and Etymology
- It was discovered by Othniel Charles Marsh in the year 1877.
- Stegosaurus comes from the Greek and translates to “roof lizard.”
- Marsh named it after the dorsal plates on the dinosaur’s back.
- These dorsal plates are horizontally arranged, resembling tiles on a roof.
- The Stegosaurus lived about 155 million years ago. They lived in areas we now know as the United States and Portugal.
- Appearance and Diet
- The Stegosaurus was 30 feet long (9 meters), 13 feet high (4 meters), and weighed about 6,500 lbs (3 tons).
- It is easily identifiable by the two rows of bony dorsal plates located along its spine.
- The tail of a Stegosaurus consisted of two pairs of defensive points measuring about 24 inches (60 cm) in length.
- It is believed that these plates functioned to regulate the Stegosaurus’s body temperature.
- A Stegosaurus had a small beak-like mouth with small teeth located at the back.
- It also had cheek pouches believed to store plant matter that the beak had cut before chewing.
- Era and Etymology
- The name Triceratops means “head with three horns.”
- It is derived from the Greek “tri” (three) “kéras” (horn) and “ops” (face).
- The Triceratops existed in prehistoric North America during the Upper Cretaceous period, which was about 68 to 66 million years ago.
- This Triceratops is believed to have been the main prey for the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- Appearance and Diet
- The Triceratops measured between 23 to 32 feet long (7 to 10 meters), 12 to 13 feet high (3,5 to 4 meters), and weighed between 11,000 to 22,000 lbs (5 to 10 tons).
- The distinct characteristic of the Triceratops is its broad skull, having one of the largest skulls of all terrestrial animals to have ever roamed the Earth.
- The Triceratops was also unique due to its three horns, one above the muzzle, and the two others located above each eye.
- Its skin was also unique as it is believed to have been covered with hair.
Plant-Eating Dinosaurs Worksheets
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Plant-Eating Dinosaurs Facts
- Dinosaur Acrostic
- Herbivore or Carnivore?
- The Herbivore Diet
- Arranging Eras
- Dinosaur Word Hunt
- False Assumptions
- Drawing Dinosaurs
- Table of Comparison
- Similar Animals
- My Dinosaur Fable
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