The perception most people hold about dinosaurs is that these creatures are dangerous and if you come across one of them, you should run for your life. Most people think that, somehow, all dinosaurs are automatically a threat because of their size. However, it is not.
While there are certain kinds of dinosaurs that can harm you, there are some that are known to be friendly. The most critical factor distinguishing a friendly dinosaur from a dangerous one is whether it is a carnivore or a herbivore. Herbivorous dinosaurs have no interest in flesh and blood and are the least scary. In this article, we will share 10 friendly dinosaurs with you!
Given its size, Stegosaurus was equipped with an unusually small brain, comparable to that of a modern golden retriever—which gave it an extremely low “encephalization quotient,” or EQ. How could a 4-ton dinosaur possibly survive and thrive with so little gray matter? Well, as a general rule, any given animal only has to be slightly smarter than the food it eats (in Stegosaurus’ case, primitive ferns and cycads) and just alert enough to avoid predators—and by those standards, Stegosaurus was brainy enough to prosper in the wilds of late Jurassic North America.
Iguanodon is one of those dinosaurs that has had a family-friendly presence for decades, like “Gertie the Dinosaur” did. The Iguanodon is a medium herbivorous dinosaur that bears a strong resemblance to the Parasaurolophus but without a distinct head crest.
Ankylosaurus is a species of the medium, quadrupedal herbivore that inhabits the ARKs. Its skin is adorned with a thick coating of spikes, bony plates, osteoderms, and fused bone. They are relatively low to the ground with short legs and a low head; they protect themselves by wielding a wicked club on the end of their muscular tails. Ankylosaurs are friendly creatures unless attacked first. They attack using their tail which does heavy damage. They will protect any Dinosaur Eggs in the area.
As adorable as its name is hard to pronounce (much less spell), Leaellynasaura was a human-size ornithopod of middle Cretaceous Australia. The most “awwww”-inducing aspect of this dinosaur was its large eyes, an adaptation to the darkness in which its habitat was plunged for much of the year. It also doesn’t hurt that Leaellynasaura was named after an 8-year-old girl, the daughter of the Australian paleontologist Patricia Vickers-Rich.
Immortalized as the “good mother dinosaur,” Maiasaura was a typical hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur, of late Cretaceous North America. Maiasaura is a genus of hadrosaurid dinosaurs that originated from Late Cretaceous North America. Maiasaura is first unlocked by the Hammond Foundation during island operations on Isla Tacaño. Perhaps the smallest hadrosaur in the game, the base genome for Maiasaura is brown with white stripes running along its back, a white underbelly, and a white head.
The name Yi Qi is mandarin for ‘strange wing.’ This dinosaur got this name due to its association with its skin membranes that act like wings. Yi qi belonged to a family of dinosaurs known as Scansoriopterygidae.
On average, Yi qi was one of the most miniature dinosaurs to exist, and they are famous for living in trees. Although their wings were not adapted to flight, Yi qi dinosaurs would benefit from the skin membrane by using it to glide down from treetops.
Although the Compsognathus is a carnivore, it is a small-sized dinosaur almost the size of a turkey. The origin of Compsognathus is Europe. Scientists also discovered remains in areas around Germany and France.
Generally, scientists describe the Compsognathus as one of the cutest dinosaurs to have existed. This attribute is primarily due to its chicken-sized body with a height of about 70 centimeters long.
Pachycephalosaurus is a friendly neighborhood herbivore. The scariest thing about these dinosaurs, which have been frequently depicted placidly munching on greenery, was the unique architecture of their skulls: domed, sloping, pointy around the edges, and 10 inches thick. They might have butted heads, but that didn’t make them seem dangerous, exactly.
Believe it or not, the adorably tiny (only three feet long from head to tail and 20 or 30 pounds), tuft-tailed, two-legged Chaoyangsaurus was a distant ancestor of horned, frilled dinosaurs like Triceratops and Pentaceratops. Like many other “basal” ceratopsians of the late Jurassic and early Cretaceous periods, Chaoyangsaurus may have supplemented its leafy diet with nuts and seeds, and some paleontologists believe it was capable of swimming (which may explain that structure on the back of its tail).
Once upon a time in the early Cretaceous period, there lived a group of adorable herbivorous dinosaurs called Psittacosaurus. With turkey-scale dimensions, expressive beaked faces, and bristly tails, these animals were about as squee-inducing as dinosaurs could get.
What’s more, the Psittacosaurus clan was extremely successful, and left an abundance of remains that have made it one of the most well-studied families in the fossil record.
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