What it looked like

Palaeontologists consider Bagaceratops to be far more primitive than the ceratopids - even though it came later than many of them. Like the ceratopids, Bagaceratops has a relatively stocky build and short legs. However, along with its horn, its crest is nowhere near as large as those of Styracosaurus (sty-RAC-o-SORE-us) nor is Bagaceratops itself anywhere near as big. Its closest relative is probably Protoceratops (pro-toe-KAIR-ah-tops), which is about twice the size of its smaller cousin.

How it ate

With its beaky mouth, Bagaceratops has the perfect instrument for snapping off tough vegetation, but it does not have any teeth on its upper jaw, which makes chewing and swallowing the plants difficult. What it does have, however, are cheek teeth, which grind up mouthfuls of plant before they are swallowed.

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Meaning of name

Family Protoceratops,dae

Period Late Cretaceous

Where found Mongolia

Height 03 metre (Uoo^

Lenath 1 metre (3.6 teeu Weight 3.2 kilograms (7 pounds)

Food Plants . t eth

Special features Beak and cheek

Dinosaurs Timeline


With a mouth packed full of sharp teeth and with claws over 0.3 metre (1 foot) long, this large dinosaur looks like one mean customer. However, Baryonyx spends most of its time fishing, rather than terrifying the daylights out of other Cretaceous dinosaurs.

Gone fishin'

Baryonyx is the one of the few fish-eating dinosaurs we know of. It is perfectly designed to do this, with its long, crocodile-like snout - a perfect fish-catching tool. The other way it can help itself to lunch is by scooping fish out of the water, bear style, with a swipe of its mighty claws. These dinosaurs were believed to have eaten only fish, until the remains of a young Iguanodon were found inside the stomach of a dead Baryonyx.

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How to say/t baa-ree-ON-iks Penod Eariy Cretaceous taS»«; '0 metres ¿3 S Special features Long snout and daws

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