While I know from Jurassic Park that even the most adorable-looking dinosaurs mean trouble, I can’t help but think “Awww…” when I see this fully intact baby dinosaur skeleton. How could something so small have been so scary? (That’s a rhetorical question, in case you were wondering). While its cuteness may be debatable, everyone can agree that finding a fully intact skeleton like this is rare and awesome.
The five-foot-long skeleton was found in a hillside of the appropriately named Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada. The find is the smallest intact skeleton ever discovered of its particular dino-type, the ceratopsids, which also includes Triceratops and Torosaurus, which scientists now believe are one in the same. Baby dinosaurs are pretty tough to find, as they make easy (and tasty) prey and their bones don’t hold up as well to decay. While scientists have found some ceratopsid bones here and there in the past, there’s a distinct lack of intact skeletons of younger dinosaurs, which is part of the reason scientists initially believed Triceratops and Torosaurus were two different species of dinosaur.