Microceratops is a far cry from the 14,000 lb Triceratops from the same Ceratopsia infraorder. Weighing just 4 lbs, this herbivore sported a sharp beak and along with Psittacosaurus was one of the first Ceratopsians to be found in Mongolia. Feeding on cycads and ferns, this miniature dinosaur would have used its beak to snip off greenery. Although known to many as Microceratops, the name was already in use by a species of wasp and so in 2008 this Ceratopsian type specimen was renamed as Microceratus.
The Numbers On Microceratops!
The approximated length of Microceratops is around 2.5 feet long.
2.5 feet is equal to:
The length of a nine banded armadillo.
The length of the world’s largest gummy worm.
Approximately the length of a three toed sloth.
…and just for fun: equal to the length of 76 sugar ants.
Estimates of Microceratops weight fall at around 4 lbs.
4 lbs is equal to:
The weight of a small Yorkshire terrier.
The same weight as a Signapura cat.
The approximate weight of a Gila monster.
…and just for fun: equal to the weight of 3,200 average goose feathers.
Current estimates put the height of Microceratops at around 10 inches tall at the hips and around 1.5 feet in total.
1.5 feet is equal to:
The approximate height of a coyote.
The height of an adult lemur.
The height of a standard schnauzer.
…and just for fun: equal to the height of 295 pennies stacked on top of each other.
Microceratops is far from the much larger Triceratops but with that sharp beak this small herbivore is still one dinosaur you wouldn’t want to tick off at the risk of losing a digit!