Not to state the obvious, but it’s dinosaur month! Now I’m receiving ads telling me to find the dinosaur that best suits me. However, it is also Pride month, and while exploring YouTube, I found a clip of a kids’ television series “Dino Ranch” from Disney+. The clip depicted two male T-Rexes showing affection to one another while incubating rocks (that they were pretending to be eggs) in a nest. Honestly, I never thought we would ever connect prehistoric creatures with a sexual orientation before. But I guess that’s what happens when we have Dinosaur and Pride month in June.
Let me clarify, I’m not talking about the LGBT-Rex, but actual dinosaurs. I decided to do a little more research into this strange phenomenon, and fortunately, there isn’t much information available online. There are various threads and forums online discussing and imagining the idea of a “ t-rex dressed as a stereotypical gay guy.” Interestingly enough, some individuals would bring up homosexual behavior as a potentially rare behavior among the dinosaur community in the past, drawing parallels with the same-sex behavior observed in animals today.
Since the deaths of dinosaurs occurred millions of years ago, their mating behaviors cannot be directly observed. Instead, they are inferred based on fossil evidence and comparisons with modern animals. It is believed that dinosaurs likely engaged in courtship displays, territorial behavior, and physical interactions between males and females. According to Geology Associate Professor Martin Lockley, it is likely that dinosaurs would have engaged in prehistoric foreplay similar to birds today. Today, we can observe instances of same-sex sexual behavior in various species, such as birds. Given that same-sex sexual behavior occurs in a wide range of animal species today, it is plausible that similar behaviors could have occurred in dinosaurs as well. However, our understanding of dinosaur mating behavior is limited and subject to ongoing research and discoveries.
I realize the premise may seem ridiculous. Why have I been trying to figure out whether or not dinosaurs could be gay? Homosexuality is a concept mostly associated with humans, as we understand that without male and female reproduction, a species will die off. Applying the concept of homosexuality to creatures that lived millions of years ago and faced different evolutionary pressures and social structures is purely speculative and not supported by scientific evidence. Based on my research, we can study various aspects of dinosaurs and modern animals, but currently, we do not possess the means to determine or provide evidence for the sexual preferences or behaviors of individual dinosaurs. Perhaps one day, we will gain insight into their gender identity.
Putting jokes aside, paleontologists and scientists studying dinosaurs primarily focus on understanding their biology, anatomy, behavior, and ecology based on the available evidence. While it is difficult to draw definitive conclusions about dinosaur sexual behavior, researchers can make educated hypotheses based on comparative studies of living animals, fossil evidence, and evolutionary principles.
When discussing topics related to sexuality in ancient animals, such as dinosaurs, it is important to exercise caution and avoid projecting our human concepts and understandings onto them. Attempting to apply modern human understandings of sexuality to creatures that lived millions of years ago would be anachronistic and potentially misleading. It’s dangerous that we are talking about gay dinosaurs.
The primary reason for this caution is the lack of direct evidence regarding the specific sexual behaviors and orientations of dinosaurs. Fossil records provide us with valuable information about their anatomy, behavior, and ecological roles, but they do not offer conclusive evidence about their sexual preferences. Without direct evidence, any claims about dinosaur sexuality would be speculative and based on assumptions. Assumptions that may be biased or lead people to believe them as fact.
While it is possible to draw parallels and make inferences based on our observations of modern animals, it is crucial to recognize that dinosaurs were an incredibly diverse group with a wide range of species, behaviors, and ecological roles. Attempting to generalize their sexual behaviors based on the behaviors of a few modern animal species would oversimplify the complexity of dinosaur biology and behavior. We would be undermining the study of the field.
Furthermore, applying human concepts of sexuality to dinosaurs would be anthropomorphizing them, which means attributing human characteristics and behaviors to non-human entities. Anthropomorphizing animals can lead to misunderstandings and the imposition of human emotions, motivations, and behaviors onto creatures that may have had entirely different evolutionary and biological factors influencing their behaviors.
When discussing dinosaur sexuality, it is important to approach the topic with caution and avoid imposing modern human concepts and understandings onto these ancient creatures. Instead, we should rely on the available scientific evidence, such as fossil records, to make informed conclusions about their biology, behavior, and ecological roles. Speculating about the sexual preferences of dinosaurs without direct evidence can be misleading and may hinder our understanding of these fascinating ancient creatures. Perhaps we shouldn’t try to turn the dinosaurs gay?