Protoceratops

skeleton of Protoceratops, Wyoming Dinosaur Center. (Ovulator Wikimedia)

Skeleton of Protoceratops, Wyoming Dinosaur Center. (Ovulator Wikimedia)

Protoceratops was a small and common dinosaur. It is a relative of the much larger Triceratops. Like Triceratops it walked around on four legs, had a big frill, a bony extension of the head which covered the neck, and had a beak. But it didn’t have Triceratops’ Horns.

One Protoceratops fossil was found with a Velociraptor and it looked as though the two dinosaurs were fighting when they died. Protoceratops eggs have also been found.

Discovery: Protoceratops was found in and named in the 1920’s.

Height:  less than 1m

Length: up to 1.8m

Weight:  less than 180 kg

Where it lived: Protoceratops is found in the Gobi Desert of China and Mongolia.

When it lived: A Late Cretaceous Dinosaur, it lived 75-70 million years ago.

What it ate: A vegetarian dinosaur

Weapon of choice: Protoceratops had a strong bite but its best protection was in numbers, palaeontologists think this species travelled in herds.

Weakness:  A rather defenceless dinosaur, Protoceratops would have been easy prey if caught alone.

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