The Gobi Desert is a tough place to raise a family. For this Protoceratops family, it seems the searing hot weather and monstrous dunes could not be braved by their young. Fifteen-year-old dinosaurs were uncovered in Mongolia, revealing that these particular dinosaurs, which were cousins of the Triceratops, may have been overrun by sandbanks during a harsh storm. These findings show that the 70-million-year-old Protoceratops andrewsi parents may have nurtured their young during the early stages of development, and that mortality rates may have been high, judging by the surprisingly large number of juvenile specimen in the nest. This is the first definitive Protoceratops nest uncovered to date.
Read more about this finding at Discovery News.