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University of Chicago

Parrot-Beak of the Gobi

Caption: Artistic rendering of a newly discovered species of parrot-beaked dinosaur, Psittacosaurus gobiensis. Scientists first discovered psittacosaurs in the Gobi Desert in 1922, calling them "parrot-beaked" for their resemblance to parrots. Psittacosaurs evolved their strong-jawed, nut-eating habits 60 million years before the earliest parrot.

Credit: Todd Marshall

Usage Restrictions: News organizations may use this image in reports describing the research of Paul Sereno and his associates.

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