Protoceratopsid dinosaur - ROM2007_9608_7


Protoceratopsid dinosaur

Geography: Mongolia
Date: Collected and acquired in 1967
length=150; width=69; height=54 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassReptilia
    • SuperorderDinosauria
    • OrderOrnithischia
    • FamilyProtoceratopsidae
    • GenusProtoceratops
    • SpecificEpithetandrewsi
Object number: 11684
Credit Line: Purchased in 1967 with funds collected by the school children of Ontario
On view
DescriptionA relative of the horned dinosaurs, Protoceratops andrewsi lived about 90 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous period. Unlike the larger horns of later ceratopsians such as the Triceratops, this species had small bumps opposed to true horns. This particular specimen is just under 2-metres in length, and It has a small frill to which the powerful jaw muscles were attached. Protoceratops skeletons are abundant in Mongolia suggesting that they thrived in the semi-arid conditions of the time. Their skeletons are often discovered in groupings and nests providing evidence that Protoceratops lived in herds.
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