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10 Most Popular Cretaceous Dinosaurs

If you’ve wanted to see what the most popular Cretaceous dinosaurs were, you’ve come to the right spot! We will have a short biography and a picture, of each of these dinosaurs for your browsing pleasure! Enjoy!

Tyrannosaurus Rex – The Most Popular Cretaceous Dinosaur

This is one of the most popular & famous dinosaurs of all time, if not the most popular. It has been featured in lots of media, like Jurassic Park, King Kong, Toy Story franchise, Night at the Museum, and others.

It had a strong, crushing bite, and did not live at the same time as the Spinosaurus, as depicted in certain media (like Jurassic Park 3).

You can learn more about the T. Rex here.

Triceratops – A Strong Offensive Herbivore

The Triceratops is one of the most popular herbivores. It’s commonly depicted fighting a Tyrannosaurus Rex, but they likely mostly fought in self-defense, or against rival males. Since their face was closer to the ground, they likely grazed the grasses and ate bushes as their primary source of food.

We plan to write an article on Triceratops! Keep an eye out for it.

Spinosaurus – An Amazing Piscivourous Dinosaur

The Spinosaurus has been a hot topic of debate these last few years. Back in 2020, they overhauled its body shape, and since then they’ve made little tweaks here and there changing little things. At one point, they even said it was not an aquatic creature! It mostly ate fish but would eat other things as needed.

Learn more about the Spinosaurus here.

Carnotaurus – A Lightly-Built “Tank”

The Carnotaurus was made popular in certain movies, such as Disney’s Dinosaur. It is also commonly depicted in games as a “sprinter” or “bruiser” (The Isle, Primal Carnage, respectively). It was a carnivore, although its feeding habits aren’t completely clear.

We plan to write an article on Carnotaurus! Keep an eye out for it.

Velociraptor – Commonly Mistaken for Utahraptor

The Velociraptor is very commonly mistaken for its size. In Jurassic Park, the raptors are not Velociraptors but are closer to Utahraptors. Velociraptors were also feathered, and about just above knee height on humans. They were pack hunters and ate meat.

We plan to write about the Velociraptor, and its misconceptions with Jurassic Park!

Parasaurolophus – A Dual-Mode Walker

The Parasaur (as it is commonly shortened too) is popular for its head crest. It was an herbivore that lived in herds and most likely ate bushes, just like the Triceratops. They could switch between walking on all four legs, and standing on two legs.

We plan to write about Parasaurolophus! Keep an eye out for it.

Oviraptor – The “Egg Thief”

The Oviraptor, also nicknamed the “Egg Thief.” There has been some debate on whether these actually stole eggs and ate them, as evidenced by Henry Osborn. They think it was another similar Ornithomimid.

We plan to write about Oviraptor! Keep an eye out for it.

Gallimimus – Made Popular Via Jurassic Park

The Gallimimus is commonly depicted as a fast runner in herds, “just like a flock of birds, evading a predator” as was mentioned in Jurassic Park ’93. Based on its beak, it may have fed on tough plant material, indicating it was an herbivore.

We plan to write about Gallimimus! Keep an eye out for it.

Ankylosaurus – A Strong, Defensive Tanky Dinosaur

The Ankylosaurus was a very tanky dinosaur due to the small spikes along its back and legs, and its club-like tail. It was made popular recently via “Bumpy” in the Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous kids show. It was an herbivorous dinosaur that likely ate bushes.

We plan to write about Ankylosaurus! Keep an eye out for it.

Therizinosaurus – Long Claws Made For Good Offense

The name Therizinosaurus means “Scythe Lizard.” It was a very large therizinosaurid. It likely ate similarly to Chalicotheriines like the Calicotherium. It is thought to have been an omnivorous animal, feeding on both plants and small animals. It could use its claws for defense and it would inflict some serious damage. Its body was covered in feathers, making it the first known feathered dinosaur.

We plan to write about Therizinosaurus! Keep an eye out for it.

So, What Are Your Favorite Popular Cretaceous Dinosaurs?

We would have to say our favorite popular cretaceous dinosaurs from this list include the Spinosaurus and Ankylosaurus. Both were pretty cool creatures. Cretaceous creatures we enjoy that were NOT on this list include Giganotosaurus (Gaian-Commander) and Acrocanthosaurus.

We’d love to hear your favorite popular cretaceous dinosaurs in the comments below! If there are some other popular cretaceous dinosaurs that you don’t see on this list that you want to see us write about, let us know here as well!

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