This unusual specimen is a rare example of a psittacosaurus, a small dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous era between 100 million and 130 million years ago. The name comes from the Greek words for ‘parrot lizard’. This name was given to it due to the resemblance to a parrot beak on many of the specimens found today. They were a fairly diverse group, some psittacosaurs had long quill like structures on their lower back, possibly used in camouflage or to attract a mate. They had many features that were similar to the Protoceratops and Triceratops.
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