Psittacosaurus sinensis was a small, herbivorous dinosaur which lived around 110 million years ago. It is the most primitive known ceratopsian dinosaur. It was named after the Latin word for parrot, Psittacus, as it had a parrot-like beak.
Feeding and diet
Psittacosaurus sinensis was a plant-eater that had:
- a curved, parrot-like beak that helped it to pry open fruits and seeds
- a cutting beak and self-sharpening cheek teeth that enabled it to grind up tough vegetation and fruits
- short forelegs that it used for grasping foliage.
Psittacosaurus sinensis was a primitive horned dinosaur or ceratopsian. It belonged to the Asian family Psittacosauridae, several species of which lived during the Early Cretaceous.