Different Types
of Dinosaurs


Click to learn more about stegosaurus
Stegosaurus, a
plant eater (herbivores)

click to learn more about Albertosaurus
Albertosaurus, a
meat-eater (carnivores)

Deinonychus, a killer and scavenger


Different Types of Dinosaurs:
How Many Different Dinosaur Types Are There?

How many different types of dinosaurs are there? Well, it depends on how you count them. You can either type count the age they lived in, like Jurassic and Cretaceous, which I call dinosaur history, (you can learn about that on my dinosaur history page), or you can talk about what the different types of dinosaurs ate: were they herbivores (plant eaters), carnivores (meat eaters), ominovores (ate both meat and plants). I'm an ominovore. How about you?

I sometimes like to talk about different types of dinosaurs in this way:

Were they:

  • Killer and scavenger dinosaurs like the raptors, spinosaurus and T-rex,

  • Giant plant eater dinosaurs, like the apatosaurus and diplodocus

  • Armored dinosaurs (with plates and horns like the stegosaurs and yangshuanosaurus)

  • Duck bills dinosaurs like the iguanodons and maiasaura, or

  • Flying reptiles like the pteranodon and other pterosaurs (I like the quetzalacoatlus).

  • And although they don't really count as different types of dinosaurs, because they lived at the same time as the dinosaurs, I also like to learn about the prehistoric sea creature types like the plesiosaurus and the liopleurodon, ichthyosaurus, kronosaurus, and the weird-shaped elasmosaurus.

You can learn about the different types of dinosaurs on their own pages. To see which ones, I have a list of lots of different types on the dinosaur names page, and there you'll see which ones have their own page! If you just want to see a bunch of pictures of different dinosaurs, check out my dinosaur pictures gallery. Have fun!


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