Bagaceratops

Bagaceratops rozhdestvenskyi

  • Pronounced:  Bag - ah - Sair - uh - tops

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "small horned face"

  • Length:  3 feet (1 m)

  • Height:  1.5 feet (.5 m)

  • Weight:  50 pounds (22 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 80 mya

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia

Bagaceratops was a very small member of the ceratopsian (horn faced) family of dinosaurs. It looked very much like its better-known relative, Protoceratops  , except for the head. Unlike its cousin, Bagaceratops's head was shaped almost like a perfect triangle and it had a very small frill.

This basal member of the ceratopsian family had no brow horns, but it did have a well-developed beak with cheek teeth that were perfectly suited for grinding coarse plants. Scientists have collected five complete skulls and almost 20 partial skulls, as well as many skeletal bones. These fossils represent different stages of growth, so scientists have a fairly complete understanding of Bagaceratops's life cycle.

An interesting fact is that, although Bagaceratops came along millions of years later than Protoceratops  Bagaceratops is considered a more primitive creature.



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