Were all dinosaurs vegetarians?

When people think  of dinosaurs they will, most likely, first think of the T. Rex or the speedy Velociraptor. So, in short, they think of the ferocious carnivores! Or, at least they believe they are carnivores.

Have you ever seen the skull of a fruit bat? Let me tell you, it isn’t all molars and buck teeth for breaking into fruit. No, instead his mouth is full of canine teeth! And the fruit bat’s main diet is fruit. The point is, animals can have vicious looking teeth without being meat-eaters.

The original dinosaurs thought along with this T. Rex‘s mind.
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Now, before the fall we know that there was no death because death is the result of sin. Since there was no sin before the fall we also know that there is no death thus there is no eating of animals or humans. So, in the beginning, before the fall, all animals, including dinosaurs, ate plants and fruits.

Let’s look at another example, the bear. This animal has long claws, huge teeth, ferocious attitude but do you know what his diet consists of?

Well, if you gave a modern-day scientist a bear fossil (without them knowing anything about that animal prior) then there answer would most likely be, “he is a carnivore.”

But, is that true of the bear? No, the diet of the bear is nuts, berries, occasional meat and other plants and fruits. The truth is: “All you can tell about a fossil is that it had bones.”

God even devotes a good part of His entire Creation account telling the animals and humans that they were to eat plants.

Genesis 1:28-30:

And God blessed them [Adam and Eve], and God said unto them, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
“And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.”

If this doesn’t spell it out in plain English that animals and humans ate vegetarian then I don’t know what does!

Now, the chances are that T. Rex and other dinosaurs of that kind actually did eat other dinosaurs and mammals but, we just don’t know for certain! But, it would’ve certainly been after the Fall, before that all creatures were vegetarians!

Updated May 29th, 2012

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