The remains of the protoceratops clustered in their nest have been dug up in Mongolia. Scientists said the rare discovery shows these short-snouted, big-eyed dinosaurs remained in the nest after birth.
The bowl-shaped grave, which measures about 70cm in diameter, was uncovered in the Gobi desert. The siblings are believed to have been buried alive by sand.
Lead researcher David Fastovsky said: ‘I cannot think of another dinosaur specimen that preserves 15 juveniles at its nest in this way.
'Large clutches may have been a way of ensuring survival of the animals in that setting -- even if there was extensive parental care.
'Mongolia was, at the time, a place with a variety of theropod dinosaurs, some of whom likely ate babies such as these.'
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Posted by Dinosaurs World at 9:41 PM