No Carrion for this Ceratopsian

No Carrion for this Ceratopsian

A Triceratops treats himself to some juicy jungle undergrowth, his favorite meal. Such would be an unremarkable subject for a drawing except that it’s almost become an artistic trend to depict these animals eating carrion or even attacking live prey. While I’ve always imagined ceratopsians to be irritable by plant-eater standards, I never found the case for their widespread omnivory all that persuasive. The whole trope seems to have sprung from finding lizard bones in one Psittacosaurus fossil’s stomach, but if you ask me it’s a stretch to project what could have been one (basal) ceratopsian’s relatively rare behavior onto a whole clade of animals living tens of millions of years later.

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