Nest of the dinosaur Protoceratops

THULBORN R.A. (1992) Nest of the dinosaur Protoceratops. Lethaia, 25 2: 145-149. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1992.tb01379.x

Title Nest of the dinosaur Protoceratops
Journal name Lethaia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1502-3931
Publication date 1992-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1502-3931.1992.tb01379.x
Volume 25
Issue 2
Start page 145
End page 149
Total pages 5
Language eng
Subject 1105 Dentistry
1911 Palaeontology
Abstract Thulborn, R A. 1992 04 15: Nest of the dinosaur Protoceratops. Lethaia, Vol. 25, pp. 145–149. Oslo. ISSN 0024–1164. Two different types of nests and eggs have been attributed to Protoceratops, a primitive‐looking ceratopsian dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of Mongolia. Comparisons with the reproductive traces of other Cretaceous dinosaurs reveal that conventional restorations of the Protoceratops nest are probably based upon the nest of an ornithopod dinosaur. Authentic nests of Protoceratops do exist, but these are smaller and less complex in structure than the nests of ornithopod dinosaurs. This misunderstanding, which has endured in popular and scientific literature for more than 50 years, underlies the widespread belief that Protoceratops laid its eggs in a crater‐like excavation. More probably the nest of Protoceratops comprised a shallow radial array of eggs concealed beneath a low mound of soil. *Ornithischia, eggs, nests, behaviour, Cretaceous. Copyright
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