The discovery of a new species of toothless, two-fingered dinosaur has shed light on how these parrot-like creatures thrived in what is now Mongolia some 68 million years ago.
Several complete skeletons were unearthed in the Gobi desert by a team of palaeontologists led by the University of Edinburgh.
The feathered, omnivorous dinosaur, Oksoko avarsan, grew to about two metres long and had only two functional digits on each forearm as well as a large, toothless beak similar to that of modern-day parrots.
It lived during the Late Cretaceous period, a time when the tyrannosaurus rex and triceratops were roaming through what would later become North America.
The fossil remains of four young dinosaurs were preserved resting together, suggesting juveniles lived as social animals.
Dinosaur, Species, Parrots, Gobi Desert
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