Discovery By: Barsbold, 1986
Diet: Small Animals & Mollusks (Carnivore)
Period: Late Cretaceous
Age: 80 million years
Location of Original Specimen: Mongolia
Though Conchoraptor seems small compared to our new North American Oviraptor, it is actually average sized. The light color of the bones show that it was fossilized with different minerals than most of the skeletons you see on exhibit.
Scientists continue to debate the diet of these beaked theropods. The scientific name, meaning “slender conch (shell) thief”, illustrates the theory that oviraptors used their strong parrot-like beaks to crack open the shells of mollusks. Other scientists suggest the lack of teeth and strong claws make it a Cretaceous anteater.