Where Did Dinosaurs Live?


A question that is often frequently asked is “Where did dinosaurs live?”. A simple answer to that question is that dinosaurs lived all over the Earth. They lived in North America, South America, Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and even Antarctica. They lived on the ground, in the skies and in the seas. Just about every inhabitable corner of the planet had dinosaurs.

However, not all dinosaurs lived together at the same time or in the same place. Today, we are going to go over some of the main dinosaurs from each of the seven continents. That should not only answer the question where did dinosaurs live, but is should also give you an idea of what dinosaurs had to compete with each other.

North America

There have been more dinosaur bones found in North America, then any other place on the planet. From Canada to Mexico and from New York to California, there walked some of the biggest animals that ever lived on the planet.  Some of the main ones which called North America home were the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Ankylosaurus, Coelophysis, Deinonychus, Diplodocus, Ornithomimus, Stegosaurus and Triceratops.

South America

While there aren’t as many dinosaurs discovered in South America as has been found in North America, but this continent does have the distinction of claiming some of the first dinosaur species. Some of the dinosaurs which lived here include the Abelisaurus, Anabisetia, Argentinosaurus, Austroraptor, Carnotaurus, Eoraptor, Giganotosaurus and Megaraptor.


Modern paleontology was invented in Germany and Great Britain but that doesn’t mean that Europe had the largest collection of dinosaur species. So far, there hasn’t been a lot of dinosaur bones found in Europe, but the ones that were discovered have been pretty impressive. These include:  Archaeopteryx, Balaur, Baryonyx, Cetiosaurus, Compsognathus and Europasaurus.


While Africa doesn’t have as many dinosaur species as the Americas, they do have a list that is impressive in its own right. Some of the dinosaurs which lived on this continent were some of the most aggressive and formidable of all of the dinosaurs. These dinosaurs include Spinosaurus, Aardonyx, Ouranosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Heterodontosaurus, Suchomimus, Eocursor and Afrovenator.


Over the last 20 years, a large amount of dinosaur bones have been found in Asia. These discoveries have given scientists a plethora of information regarding dinosaur evolution. Where did dinosaurs live in Asia? Everywhere across the continent, but especially concentrated in the central and eastern portions of it. Some of the dinosaurs found here include: Dilong, Dilophosaurus, Mamenchisaurus, Microraptor, Oviraptor, Psittacosaurus, Shantungosaurus, Velociraptor and Sinosauropteryx.


While Australia didn’t have a large number of dinosaurs living there, what it did have was quite an impressive collection of therapods and sauropods. These included Cryolophosaurus, Leaellynasaura, Rhoetosaurus, Antarctopelta, Muttaburrasaurus, Australovenator, Diamantinasaurus and Ozraptor.


No, there weren’t dinosaurs trudging through the tons of snow. That’s because Antarctica was much warmer at the time and wasn’t the snowy wasteland it is now. And as a result, it was able to host quite a few dinosaurs. These include such fine specimens as Cryolophosaurus Ellioti, Antarctopelta Oliveroi, Glacialisaurus Hammeri and Trinisaura Santamartaensis.

As you can clearly see, dinosaurs were a diverse group of animals that made their home on just about every part of the Earth. Billions of dinosaurs spread out all over the world must have been a brilliant sight.