Protoceratops nest reconstructed I

Protoceratops nest reconstructed I

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Protoceratops is a genus of herbivorous dinosaurs, that lived during the Upper Cretaceous Period in Mongolia, where numerous fossils of it have been found. It was a member of the family Protoceratopsidae, a bulky type of horned dinosaurs that walked on four legs, had a large head covered by a small frill, and with a parrot-like beak. Protoceratops had the size of a large sheep. This picture shows a reconstruction of a nest, with new born animals breaking out of their eggs. A fair number of fossil nests have been found, with each nest having 10 or more eggs, laid in a radial pattern.

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Keywords: cretaceous, dinosaur, eggs, fossil, herbivorous, mongolia, nest, new-born, protoceratops

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