Thursday, August 12, 2010

Oviraptor philoceratops

Dinosaur name: Oviraptor philoceratops Order, Suborder, Family: Saurischia, Theropoda, Oviraptoridae Name Means: "egg thief," because it may have dined on stolen eggs Time: Late Cretaceous, 85-75 million years ago Location: Southern Mongolia

The name Oviraptor philoceratops implies: "Egg robber with a taste for ceratopsians".


Osborn a scientist from the “American Museum of Natural History”, in the year 1920's found the eggs in the famous "Flaming Cliffs" from Mongolia was from Protoceratops, the ancient horned dinosaur. It was not noticed for many years but recently a new expedition found an Oviraptor embryo inside an egg assumed to be one of those ceratopsian Protoceratops.

An Oviraptor mostly involve in the act of protecting its nest, arms embracing at least twenty of its egg. This is one of the "good mother" reptile.

It is two to three meters long dinosaur with a strange hooked skull, it has helmet like crown structure over the nostrils.

The helmet looks hollow, with wafer-thin bones that built complex passages linking with the nostrils.

It had peculiar teeth on the palate only two in number were very small in size.It was an omnivore, but most probably it was a meat-eater. Hands of philoceratops are heavily clawed and had a folding mechanism. As like birds the wrist movement of it was supported by the semilunate carpal bone.
It had hypothetical sexual dimorphism with the males showing their bizarre, brightly colored crests.

It has feathers were the arms in the fossil which add a fan of feathers around them to help covering the nest,it makes sense .

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