Most of the ancient beasts you’re familiar with fall into popular dinosaur families. However, there are many others that are related or connected to them in some way.
Studying dinosaur families is incredibly interesting, as it shows you how many of the ancient beasts have something in common. Here’s a good example: you may have heard of the mighty Carnotaurus, but did you know it’s related to the massive Majungasaurus in the Abelisauridae family. Perhaps a better example is that both the Gorgosaurus and Albertosaurus are connected to Tyrannosaurus in the Tyrannosauridae family.
Of course, to understand these connections, you need to dig a little deeper. There are dinosaur subfamilies that group them separately, showing distinct differences within the families. You may also see some common traits, which is what we will reveal in this section.
As we delve further into the taxonomy and classification of dinosaurs, we’ll show you which species belong in various families. There will also be a detailed scientific approach to what makes one family stand out from another. Finally, we’ll discuss how the families got their names and when they were first discovered.