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Protoceratops Size

It can be difficult to estimate the size and weight of any extinct animal such as Protoceratops, particularly when relatively few fossils specimens have been found.

The reasons why this may be the case include:
  1. If we only have a few fossils, we don't know whether they fairly represent typical animals .

  2. Fossil specimens are often incomplete.

  3. There can be some doubt about how to reassemble fossil skeletions.

    Protoceratops skeleton:
    Protoceratops skeleton

  4. Fossils usually preserve only bones, horns, and teeth - at most - so estimates of muscle and other soft-flesh are often speculative.
With these caveats, we can offer these estimates for an adult Protoceratops:
  • An adult Protoceratops would probably have been about 6½ feet (2 meters) long, however some adults seem to have grown as large as grew as large as 9 feet (2.7 meters).

  • An adult Protoceratops would weighed less than 400 pounds (180 kg), and smaller animals may have weighed as little as 51 pounds (23 kg).
Approximate size of Protoceratops:
Approximate size of Protoceratops




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