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Oviraptor in nest

Oviraptorosaurs, or "Oviraptors," form a diverse group of feathered dinosaurs that lived during the Cretaceous period. These dinosaurs were bipedal and mostly bird-like in appearance, with toothless beaks and forelimbs adapted for different functions. One of the best known members of this group is the Oviraptor.

Oviraptor was a relatively small dinosaur, ranging in length from 1.5 to 2 meters and weighing from a few kilograms to around 100 kilograms depending on the species. It had a light and agile body, with long, muscular legs that allowed it to run efficiently. Although they were flightless, some oviraptorosaurs had feather-like structures on their bodies, suggesting a close relationship to modern birds.

A distinctive feature of Oviraptor was its toothless, beak-like skull. His name, which means "egg thief", originated from an initial misinterpretation. An Oviraptor specimen was believed to be stealing dinosaur eggs, but it was later discovered that the eggs in question were actually its own eggs. This led to the realization that the Oviraptor was a nest keeper rather than a robber.

The actual function of its toothless beak is debated. Some scientists believe that they fed mainly on small animals, such as insects and small vertebrates, while others suggest that they may have consumed plants and plant matter as well. In addition to their diet, some oviraptorosaurs had strong jaws and sickle-shaped claws on their hands, which they may have used for hunting or defense.

In terms of behavior, evidence of oviraptorosaurs in nesting positions has been found, supporting the idea that they were nest keepers. It is likely that they have built nests and cared for their eggs, similar to what modern birds do. Additionally, some fossils show oviraptorosaurs in protective postures around their nests, suggesting an emotional bond with their progeny.

Approximate measurements of the Oviraptor:

Scale 1:20 - 81 mm (Complete)
Scale 1:10 - 162 mm (Assembly kit 2 pieces)
Full base on both scales