15 infant dinosaurs found in a nest in Mongolia, scientists claim (Photo)

By on Nov 21, 2011 in Animals, Asia, Science, World Comments

A set of fossils of infant dinosaurs, which was believed to be 15 babies, was reportedly found in a nest in Mongolia, as shown in the photo below.


Fossils of infant dinosaurs(Click Image To Enlarge)
Image Credit: K. Tsogtbaatar/LiveScience.com

According to Live Science on Thursday, November 17, 2011, the fossils of the 15 infant dinosaurs were noted to be from a species known as Protoceratops andrewsi, cousins of Triceratops.

As noted in the report, scientists noted that the discovery of the young dinosaurs in a nest, where the species have lived around 70 million years ago, suggest that the monster could be caring parents.

“The evidence suggests they may have been overrun by migrating dunes during a sandstorm.” Researcher David Fastovsky was quoted telling the paper, whose report appeared on the November issue of the Journal of Paleontology.

“It’s quite striking that there are 15 juvenile Protoceratops here — that seems like a lot to care for.” But they were living in a harsh environment, so perhaps mortality rates were high.” Fastovsky added, who is also a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Rhode Island.

Although Protoceratops were believed to have been discovered during the 1920s, this recent discovery is being noted to be the most definitive nest of the plant-eating beast among them all.

The discovered infant dinosaurs reportedly measuring about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long and their ages were most likely not older than one year old.

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