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Weight5 kg
Length1.3 meters
Height0.23 meters
The Archaeoceratops is a Ceratopsian dinosaur from the early Cretaceous period. As a herbivore the Archaeoceratops during this time could be found eating plants in China approximately 99 million years ago. Archaeoceratops was a small dinosaur with an approximate weight of 4.5 kilograms (3 pounds) and an estimated length of 1.3 meters (5 feet). This small herbivore probably measured 0.23 meters (1 foot) tall.

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  • Richard J. Butler, Jin Liyong, Chen Jun, Pascal Godefroit (2011). "The postcranial osteology and phylogenetic position of the small ornithischian dinosaur. Changchunsaurus parvus from the Quantou Formation (Cretaceous: Aptian-Cenomanian) of Jilin Province, north-eastern China". Palaeontology 54 (3): 667-683. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2011.01046.x. 
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