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.