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Schleich - Psittacosaurus

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Schleich - Psittacosaurus

Psittacosaurus; "parrot lizard" is a genus of extinct ceratopsian dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of what is now Asia, existing between 126 and 101 million years ago. It is notable for being the most species-rich non-avian dinosaur genus. Up to 12 species are known, from across China, Mongolia, Siberia, and possibly Thailand and Laos. The species of Psittacosaurus were obligate bipeds at adulthood, with a high skull and a robust beak. One individual was found preserved with long filaments on the tail, similar to those of Tianyulong. Psittacosaurus probably had complex behaviors, based on the proportions and relative size of the brain. It may have been active for short periods of time during the day and night and had well-developed senses of smell and vision.

Psittacosaurus was one of the earliest ceratopsians, but closer to Triceratops than Yinlong. Once in its own family, Psittacosauridae, with other genera like Hongshanosaurus, it is now considered to be senior synonym of the latter and an early offshoot of the branch that led to more derived forms. The genera closely related to Psittacosaurus are all from Asia, with the exception of Aquilops, from North America. The first species was either P. lujiatunensis or closely related, and it may have given rise to later forms of Psittacosaurus.

Fossil remains of over 75 individuals have been recovered, including nearly 20 complete skeletons with skulls. Individuals of all ages are known, from hatchlings less than 13 cm (5.1 in) long, to very old adults reaching nearly 2 m (6 ft 7 in) in length.

This Psittacosaurus measures 5.08 x 2.36 x 2.72 inch (W x D x H).

Part of the Dinosaur Series by Schleich.

The art work and detail are beautiful on this hand painted figure.

Made of durable synthetic material. Hand Painted.

Product Code: SCH15004

Schleich 15004

by Schleich

Manufacturer Age Recommendation: 3 + Years

Schleich - Psittacosaurus - #15004

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