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Theropod Herbivores by Qilong Theropod Herbivores by Qilong
Theropods include a diverse range of herbivores, not including birds, that until a few years ago were mostly restricted to the therizinosauroids, and then only potentially. New data suggests a large range of theropods would have been primary or incidental herbivores.

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Pokexm Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018
Love it it’s so creative and diverse. Loved the Deinocheirus it’s one of my favourite dinos
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AntFingers Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Limusaurus... A scaly, beaked, chicken ceratosaur.
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EmperorDinobot Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
Very happy to see Limusaurus without feathers. Scaly and funky as suggested by fossilized integumentary bits of its kin.
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
Those are really cool!
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Megalotitan Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking at this, I've just realized that all non-avian theropod species that were likely herbivores looked weird.
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Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
all them are pretty cute!
and all them resemble a lot birds! specially Deinocheirus, reminds me pelicans :D!
also, that Limusaurus is scaled or it has a weird set of proto-feathers?
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vasix Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh...Deinocheirus' rhamphotheca...only covered the front...of...its...jaws...oh shoot! It's been so long since going on your blog for soft tissues!! 
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Arcovenator Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
Nice overview. :) I think it's time for a herbivorous dromaeosaurid.
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Dontknowwhattodraw94 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the detail in these dinosaurs and the link was a very interesting read :)
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acepredator Featured By Owner Edited Jun 9, 2015
Deinocheirus is an omnivore (and Struthiomimus is likely one as well)
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Most animals are omnivores, actually, even obligate herbivores will eat meat, bone, living animals. Being associated with fish doesn't make Deinocheirus an actual omnivore alone. The reasoning is found in the link in the post. A study performed on a large range of animals finds that there are features that correlate strongly with hebivory, and these animals show several of them, including: relatively small heads, longish necks, few to little teeth or reduction of teeth from the front of the jaws, etc.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Edited Jun 10, 2015
That also applies to quite a few modern theropods that are omnivores or carnivores. Ostriches have all those features and are omnivores.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
This is mentioned in the works that lead in to the study. The inference for herbivory strongly relies on some variables that toothless theropods lack, and that's ... well, teeth. Certain qualities that are strongly associated with herbivory require there to be teeth, and many basal ornithomimosaurs have them, as do oviraptorosaurs, with features of those teeth also suggesting herbivory. When they lose the teeth, it's more likely they become more omnivorous, but there's still an adaptive trend towards herbivory involved.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
I wonder if future paleontologists would find fossils of predatory birds and declare them to be herbivores.
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016
Wow.

Although the reverse of this happened to one of our beloved German fowl... :'(
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acepredator Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Well that happened due to isotopic analysis, not anatomy.
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Yeah.
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Well, that was the conclusion paleontologists drew from moa. Ate plants generally.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
I wouldn't be surprised to find it was an omnivore like the cassowary.
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Archanubis Featured By Owner Edited Jun 9, 2015
It's nice work, but what specific species do these heads represent?
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Qilong Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Deinocheirus mirificus at left, Erlikosaurus andrewsi at top, Struthiomimus altus at top right, Limusaurus inexpectatus at right, Chilesaurus diegosuarezi at bottom right, Caudipteryx zoui and bottom, and Khaan mckennai at bottom left.
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Archanubis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Thanks :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Love it.
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