Introduction

CARNIVOROUS DINOSAURS (Fig. 1) included some of the biggest, most spectacular predators of all time, but also numbered in their ranks a diversity of smaller predators. In this paper we survey what is known about the diets of theropod dinosaurs, and briefly consider morphological differences among taxa that presumably affected the way they dealt with prey. We will also consider non-dinosaurian carnivores that likely fed upon dinosaurs. Finally, we will compare the taxonomic composition of herbivores and carnivores in different dinosaurian faunas, and examine some ecological questions posed by the huge body sizes attained by many predatory dinosaurs.

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