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Theropod Dinosaurs



Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Saurischia
  Suborder Theropoda
The Theropoda (meaning "beast-footed") dinosaurs were a suborder of the the Saurischian dinosaurs. Dinosaurs in the Theropod suborder include, among others, Allosaurus, Spinosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus rex.

Theropods first appeared during the Triassic period, about 230 million years ago, and gradually diverged into many different lineages. At some time during the Jurassic period, or perhaps earlier, one of the lineages gave rise to the first first birds. Theropod dinosaurs survived until the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago, when all the remaining non-avian dinosaurs became extinct, although of course birds (which technically are a type of Theropod dinosaur) survive to the present day.

Dinosaur Classification

Theropod dinosaurs were bipedal (walked on two legs). Their forelimbs generally had a highly restricted range of motion, for example they could not rotate ("pronate") their forearms so that their palms faced backwards or towards the ground. The vast majority of theropods were carnivores (meat-eaters), although a number of herbivorous (plant-eating) species did evolve towards during Cretaceous period (see, for example, Alxasaurus).

Theropod Timeline:



Theropod dinosaurs first appeared about 230 million years ago, and survived until the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago

Theropod dinosaurs first appeared about 230 million years ago, and survived until the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago

Types of Theropod Dinosaur



Here is a list of some Theropod dinosaurs:

Dinosaur

Acrocanthosaurus
Acrocanthosaurus
 

Adasaurus
Adasaurus
 

Afrovenator
Afrovenator
 

Albertosaurus
Albertosaurus
 

Alectrosaurus
Alectrosaurus
 

Alioramus
Alioramus
 

Allosaurus
Allosaurus
 

Alxasaurus
Alxasaurus
 

Anchiornis
Anchiornis
 

Aucasaurus
Aucasaurus
 

Avimimus
Avimimus
 

Bambiraptor
Bambiraptor
 

Baryonyx
Baryonyx
 

Buitreraptor
Buitreraptor
 

Carcharodontosaurus
Carcharodontosaurus
 

Carnotaurus
Carnotaurus
 

Caudipteryx
Caudipteryx
 

Ceratosaurus
Ceratosaurus
 

Chirostenotes
Chirostenotes
 

Coelophysis
Coelophysis
 

Coelurus
Coelurus
 

Compsognathus
Compsognathus
 

Cryolophosaurus
Cryolophosaurus
 

Deinonychus
Deinonychus
 

Dilong
Dilong
 

Dilophosaurus
Dilophosaurus
 

Dromaeosaurus
Dromaeosaurus
 

Dromiceiomimus
Dromiceiomimus
 

Eotyrannus
Eotyrannus
 

Epidexipteryx
Epidexipteryx
 

Gallimimus
Gallimimus
 

Giganotosaurus
Giganotosaurus
 

Gorgosaurus
Gorgosaurus
 

Guanlong
Guanlong
 

Herrerasaurus
Herrerasaurus
 

Majungasaurus
Majungasaurus
 

Megalosaurus
Megalosaurus
 

Microraptor
Microraptor
 

Nomingia
Nomingia
 

Ornithomimus
Ornithomimus
 

Oviraptor
Oviraptor
 

Pelecanimimus
Pelecanimimus
 

Protarchaeopteryx
Protarchaeopteryx
 

Rajasaurus
Rajasaurus
 

Rugops
Rugops
 

Saltopus
Saltopus
 

Scipionyx
Scipionyx
 

Sinornithoides
Sinornithoides
 

Sinosauropteryx
Sinosauropteryx
 

Sinovenator
Sinovenator
 

Spinosaurus
Spinosaurus
 

Staurikosaurus
Staurikosaurus
 

Struthiomimus
Struthiomimus
 

Suchomimus
Suchomimus
 

Tarbosaurus
Tarbosaurus
 

Torvosaurus
Torvosaurus
 

Troodon
Troodon
 

Tyrannosaurus rex
Tyrannosaurus rex
 

Utahraptor
Utahraptor
 

Velociraptor
Velociraptor
 

Xiongguanlong
Xiongguanlong
 

Yangchuanosaurus
Yangchuanosaurus
 



   
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