Would a prehistoric dinosaur be a tame animal if it hatched from an egg and was raised by humans?

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  • 1 month ago

    Possibly.  Reptiles can be tamed.

    But something you might not think of is that reptiles, unlike birds and mammals, are born ready to take care of themselves.  Therefore they are scared of humans - and will eat prey that is small enough.  Also, some species are naturally harder to tame than others, being naturally more fearful or aggressive or both.

    These will be issues in raising a dinosaur from the egg.  

    If it's a herbivore, it will certainly be scared of humans until it gets used to them, but could probably be tamed all right. But it still might be hazardous; a brachiosaur, for instance, might not have sense enough to avoid stepping on you.  We just don't know. 

    If it's a carnivore, you have to deal with the question of whether it sees you as prey.  If you are much bigger, probably not.  But as it gets bigger, who knows?  Anyway, I suppose any dinosaur could bite.  

    We also don't know how intelligent dinosaurs are.  It looks like some of them are not very intelligent at all, but possibly some are.  

    It would be very interesting.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Maybe bird-like ones could. Apparently humans arose after the Mesozoic Era.

  • F
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Of course. Have you never seen the Flintstones?. 

  • 2 months ago

    A little but many non sentient. Some vegetarians are docile enough to friend humans, but humans didn't exist back then.

    Try a pet brontosaurus.

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  • 2 months ago

    People have pet birds.  Birds are therapod dinosaurs.

  • 2 months ago

    No. They had tiny pea-size brains and were dumber than a rock.  Most likely eat you.

  • 2 months ago

    I think it's possible that some of the social, plant-eating dinosaurs might be tame if raised by humans.  I doubt that any of the predatory dinosaurs like T. rex could be tamed.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not very tame.  Johnny Cash was almost killed by a "tame" ostrich.  I would expect a "tame" dinosaur to do the same.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Dinosaurs are reptiles, and some reptiles can be tamed if kept in captivity, and they become used to interacting with humans beings. Some snakes, such as the green tree python, are known to bite as wild caught adults, but captive born individuals are easily tamed.  Captive born crocodiles and alligators are also less vicious than wild individuals.  

    Dinosaurs would probably be similar in temperament to crocodiles. They would not be as tame or as affectionate as a dog or cat or even a lion or tiger even if born and raised in captivity. Their brain chemistry and physiology just isn't the same as that of mammals.  Mammals have oxytocin, the bonding chemical, which allows mammals to bond and make friends with one another.  Mammals also have a frontal cortex, the part of the brain that is rational. Fear and anger, not love and affection, are the emotions that are predominant in reptiles. 

    Sociopathic and psychopathic humans have low levels of oxytocin. They operate primarily on anger and fear also, so in many ways sociopaths and psychopaths would be similar to reptiles as they operate primarily with their reptilian brain instead of the rational part of the brain, the frontal cortex. 

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Probably not. The reptile brain is very primitive and does not have all the higher brain structures that birds and mammals have. Some species of reptile may be docile, but not really tame with a few exceptions. They could be tamed about as well as a modern cobra, which is to say, don't turn your back on one.

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