Psittacosaurus sinensis was a small, herbivorous dinosaur which lived around 126-101 million years ago. It is one of the earliest known ceratopsian dinosaurs. 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 fleshy cones and seeds
- 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.
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