VR Jurassic Encyclopedia #3
Protoceratops dinosaur facts VR 360 video education
The next video in the VR Jurassic Encyclopedia series is now available on youtube. In this video, we bring you new and unknown facts about the dinosaur that is Protoceratops.
Protoceratops is a herbivorous dinosaur, that lived about 75-72 millions of years ago, in the Upper Cretaceous Period. It was a member of the Protoceratopsidae, a group of early horned dinosaurs.
The first fossils of these dinosaurs were discovered in 1922 in Mongolia in the Gobi Desert and they were then called Protoceratops anderwsi. In 2001, another important species was discovered, Protoceratops hellenikorhinus, named after the Bayan Mandahu Formation in China and also comes from the Upper Cretaceous Campanian stage.
It was much larger than the Protoceratops andrewsi, had a slightly different frill, and had stronger jugal horns.
The size of the Protoceratops did not arouse admiration because it was only 1.8 meters long and 60 cm high at that time. Its weight could reach up to 82.7 kg in the case of large specimens. In the case of small dinosaurs, it is estimated that the weight would be around 23.7 kg. Interestingly, with such a size, the dinosaur would not be larger than the average sheep.
Interestingly, in 2011, nests of young Protoceratops andrewsi were discovered in Mongolia, on the basis of which it was found that the parents of this species could look after their young in the nests during their early childhood stages.
During the fossil extraction, a large concentration of skeletons in points was observed, which is believed to have lived in herds of Protoceratops.
If you want to get more interesting facts, be sure to watch the VR Jurassic Encyclopedia #3 video posted on the website and continue our VR 360 video education about dinosaurs. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to take a closer look at this species.