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Protoceratops was a herbivore (planting-eating) dinosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous period, between approximately 85 and 80 million years ago. Protoceratops was typically sized around 6½ feet (2 meters) long, but some adults grew as large as 9 feet (2.7 meters).

Protoceratops is immediately recognizable by its relatively large head, beak-like jaws, the frill around its neck, but the absence (unlike many of its relatives) of horns on its face. Although Protoceratops did not have horns, it did however had bony knob on its snout.


Protoceratops andrewsi Exhibit
American Museum of Natural History, New York City:
Protoceratops andrewsi Exhibit in the American Museum of Natural History
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  • Classification
    How do scientists classify Protoceratops?

  • Facts
    Some key facts about Protoceratops.

  • Legend
    Is Protoceratops the origin of the Griffin legend?

  • Name
    How did Protoceratops get its name? What does its name mean?

  • Pictures
    Pictures of Protoceratops.

  • Size
    How big was Protoceratops?

  • Timeline
    Protoceratops history and timeline.

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