Speculations about the diet and digestive physiology of herbivorous dinosaurs

  title={Speculations about the diet and digestive physiology of herbivorous dinosaurs},
  author={James O Farlow},
  pages={60 - 72}
  • J. Farlow
  • Published 1987
  • Environmental Science
  • Paleobiology
Like living herbivorous lizards, chelonians, birds, and mammals, plant-eating dinosaurs probably relied on a symbiotic gut microflora, housed in a hindgut fermentation chamber, to break down plant cell wall constituents. Large body sizes in most herbivorous dinosaurs resulted in low mass-specific metabolic rates and low rates of digesta passage through the gut; the effects of large body size were probably enhanced by the low metabolic rates of large dinosaurs as compared with large mammals. The… 

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