Skip to comments.Nest Full of Baby Dinosaurs Discovered
Posted on 11/20/2011 6:29:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv
A 70-million-year-old nest of the dinosaur Protoceratops andrewsi has been found with evidence that 15 juveniles were once inside it, according to a paper in the latest Journal of Paleontology.
While large numbers of eggs have been associated with other dinosaurs, such as the meat-eating Oviraptor or certain duck-billed hadrosaurs, finding multiple juveniles in the same dino nest is quite rare...
All were found at Djadochta Formation, Tugrikinshire, Mongolia, where it's believed sand "rapidly overwhelmed and entombed" the youngsters while they were still alive.
The researchers conclude that the 15 dinosaurs all show juvenile characteristics. These include short snouts, proportionately large eyes, and an absence of adult characteristics, such as the prominent horns and large frills associated with adults of this species. At least 10 of the 15 fossil sets are complete.
The nest and its contents imply that Protoceratops juveniles remained and grew in their nest during at least the early stages of postnatal development. The nest further implies that parental care was provided...
Yet another discovery previously found at the same locality is the famous "fighting dinosaurs" specimen in which a Protoceratops and Velociraptor appear to have been preserved together "locked in what was evidently mortal combat," Fastovsky added. Parents and other adults of the sheep-sized herbivorous species may then have spent much of their time fighting off such hungry predators.
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The dinosaur remains in the nest. Researchers believe sand entombed the dinosaur family while the members were still alive.
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"rapidly overwhelmed and entombed"And, it's a two-list topic!
Little bebbeh dinos ...
Are they okay?
Looks like a rapid depositional event to me.
So do you just at water like, like for sea monkeys?
Yes, definitely. Here’s another one:
I find this stuff amazing.
Possibly a sand dune collapse as has been suggested as a possibility for the “fighting dinosaurs” referenced in the article??
Life finds a way.
I guess even back then, they had Aid to Dependent Thugs.
“rapidly overwhelmed and entombed”
There are so many instances of such phenomena; massive concentrated collections of dinosaur bones, and the seeming trillions of trilobites, many in concentrated collections, virtually intact,undamanged, in some instances their chitinous exoskeletons preserved as such, not having undergone mineral substitution.
Its a mystery, almost enough to make one doubt the validity of the doctrine of uniformitarianism.
Sometimes, the nest hatches; but, for what ever reason, is too deep for any to make it to the surface.
In either case, under the right conditions, they could be preserved in a similar tableau.
Are we certain that these guys were surface nesters, and not egg buriers? A buried nest would make it harder for the egg eaters to raid it.
I just read something similar in a book about Pterosaurs I was reading to my son last night - no adults were found at the site, presumably because they could fly away as the flash-flood hit, but the non-flying young were “rapidly overwhelmed and entombed.”
I saw the headline, and expected the enviro-wackos to have declared them an endagered species.
Gee, maybe they starved after their doting mama, one of the so-called “fighting dinosaurs”, died nearby while protecting the nest.
I get so choked up—(sob)—over the deaths of little ‘bambis’ of a species inimical to the evolution of Man into the dominant form of animal life on our planet.