The name oviraptor means “egg thief lizard.” This group of dinosaurs earned their reputation as egg thieves, as a result of their strong maternal instincts. Several skeletons have been found covering nests. Originally it was believed these dinosaurs were stealing eggs, but now it appears they were actually protecting their clutch. Although oviraptorosaurs lacked teeth, they probably ate small reptiles and mammals and insects. These birdlike, feathered, beaked, theropod dinosaurs are found in Asia and North America.
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