Protoceratopsian baby

Paleontologists uncovered this just-hatched Protoceratops in 1997 at Ukhaa Tolgod. Like Triceratops, its North American relative, Protoceratops walked on 4 legs, was heavily built, and had a parrot-like beak. If this dinosaur had grown to adulthood, it would have developed a neck frill, too.

Protoceratopsian Baby
Locality Found: Mongolia
Age: Cretaceous 80 MYA
Size: 6 inches long
Prepared For: 2000 Museum exhibit Fighting Dinosaurs
Characteristics: The Protoceratopsian baby has a parrot-like beak and a very small undeveloped frill.

Image credits: courtesy of AMNH; quote, courtesy of Pete Makovicky.