Bagaceratops

The Bagaceratops was a ceratops dinosaur that lived in what is now Mongolia, during the Late Cretaceous Period which was 85-80 million years ago. This dinosaur belonged to the Protoceratopsidae family, which consists of other similar ceratops dinosaurs.

Key facts about the Bagaceratops

DomainDescription
Bagaceratops pronunciationThe name of this dinosaur can be pronounced as “Bag-a-ser-a-tops”.
What does Bagaceratops mean?The name Bagaceratops was derived from a hybrid word of Mongolian ‘baga’ which means small, and Greek word, ‘ceratops’, which means horn face. This dinosaur was given the name due to the horns and spike-like features surrounding the face.
Dinosaur typeCeratops
On the menuHerbivore
Length1 meter (3.3 feet)
Height50 centimeters (1.6 feet)
Weight22 kilograms (50 pounds)
Life expectancyThere is still not enough evidence to support how long the Bagaceratops was expected to live, which is why its life expectancy is currently unknown.
Legs used to get aroundThe Bagaceratops was quadrupedal, which means they used their 4 legs to walk or run.
Estimated top speedStudies show that the estimated top speed was only 4 km/h or 2.5 m/h.
When they livedDuring the Late Cretaceous Period around 85-80 million years ago.
Where they have been found?Gobi Desert in Mongolia

When & Where

The first remains of the Bagaceratops were then first discovered in the Gobi Desert in the 1970s. This discovery was led by a shared group expedition by Mongolian and Polish paleontologists. In 1975 it was named Bagaceratops, by the leaders of the expedition namely Teresa Maryanska and Halszka  Osmolska.  

Size & Weight

The overall size of this dinosaur was quite small. Studies provided that this dinosaur only reached up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) in length,  50 centimeters (1.6 feet) in height, and 22 kilograms (50 pounds) in weight. Adults only reached up to these measurements, and they usually have a skull much larger than the Protoceratops.

Mobility & Diet

Being a ceratop, the main diet usually consists of plant materials such as leaves, conifers, trees, and other vegetation. Since they were smaller compared to other dinosaurs, the Bagaceratops usually fed off of nearby branches and trees.

Interesting Points

  • The Bagaceratops lived from 83.6 million years ago to 66 million years ago
  • 11 different specimens have been found by paleontologists
  • Their diet mainly consisted of plant materials
  • Thrived in a terrestrial environment
  • Just like other dinosaurs, they reproduced by laying eggs
  • The specimens that were collected are currently placed in Warsaw, Poland’s Paleobiological Institute.