Sunday, November 20, 2011

15 small dinosaurs found in a nest

Were smaller in size from 10 to 15 inches and not older than one year

Nest with 15 babies dinosaur was found in the sandy desert of Mongolia. Small, who had no chance to grow are the type Protoceratops cousins ​​and the horned Triceratops.

The discovery gives scientists clues to believe that these herbivorous dinosaurs probably cared for their young. 
Protoceratops are herbivorous reptiles size of a sheep, a parrot-like beak and "collar" of the neck, which lived 70 million years.




  Were smaller in size from 10 to 15 inches and not older than one year. Probably killed by a local sand dune by the wind, which in their time have reached 24 meters, similar to today's largest dunes in the Sahara desert, says "Magazine 8".

The fact that all young were found together, suggesting that Protoceratops have been caring for their young.

The researchers suggest that since this species is relatively primitive in its group, probably the nest and parental care were characteristic of other ceratopsids including Triceratops and Torosaurus.


 Numerous discoveries of fossils, like a frozen sand shows that 70 million years ago the area was the Gobi desert. But the fact that it lived herbivores, changing our conception of the desert as we know it today.

Gobi has long proved one of the "gold mines" of paleontology, as researchers have even found a pair of dinosaurs, frozen forever in a battle as the moment at which they were caught in a sudden sandstorm. But what plants to survive in this environment for researchers remains a mystery.