OVIRAPTOR Facts Information & Images
The Oviraptor is a small, birdlike dinosaur. The Oviraptor lived on the earth 75 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous Period.
The Oviraptor specimen was first found in the Gobi Desert in Asia in 1923. The Oviraptos, the Mongolian Dinosaur was discovered by Roy Chapman Andrew and Named by Henry Osborn.
WHY NAMED OVIRAPTOR?
OVIRAPTOR means ‘egg thief or egg eater’
In the first specimen, the dinosaur was found near the pile of eggs. The eggs resembled to that of Protoceratops and thought that the dinosaur was eating these eggs when it was killed or died. Henry Osborn named the specimen as ‘Oviraptor’. Then after it was proved that the eggs and the Nest belonged to that dinosaur.
The Oviraptor was one of the birds like non avian dinosaur. They were first classified under Ornithomimus.
The Oviraptors were about 8 ft long and 75 pounds in weight. They looked like birds. The fossils show that this dinosaur has a crest on head, a long beak. The fossils indicate that this dinosaur had full covering of feathers, a feathered tail and feathered wings. The Oviraptors walked with two legs and ran fast like ostrich. The front limbs were like strong claws with three long fingers.
They had deep mandible and bony projection in both jaws to catch prey. The beak covered the edges of the jaws.
|Scientific Name||Oviraptor philoceratops|
The Oviraptors were believed to live in the desert and dry areas of Mongolia and the Northwestern China. They were the most abundant in the desert areas after the Ankylosaurus. The Oviraptor also abundant in dry, arid areas.
The food habits are not exactly known. They might be herbivores or carnivorous or both.
The sharp, long beak and bony projections in the jaws of The Oviraptors indicate that they ate the shelled animals, lizards, crabs and other crustaceans.
The beak of the Oviraptor closely looked like the beak of the parrots and believed that the Oviraptor were herbivores and mostly fed.
The Oviraptor had a long crest on the head and they used to attract the male in mating. After mating, the Female laid eggs in the nest and hatched them and took care of them as good parents. Most of the specimens of Oviraptors show this dinosaur sitting near the nest and taking care of the eggs and more often covered the eggs with their wings.
The eggs of Oviraptor are elliptical and elongated, 14 to 18 cm long and looked like eggs of birds in structure and shells.
The fossils show that the Oviraptor laid 15 to 20 eggs in the nest. They were arranged in 2 to 3 concentric circles. The specimen discovered in China gives explanation that the Oviraptor didn’t eject all the eggs at a time, but ejected in a pair of eggs. The female sat over the nest and released the eggs in pairs while rotating the nest.The Females were the attentive parents.
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