Citipati was an oviraptorid, a group of bird-like theropod dinosaurs that had toothless beaks and often had crests like a cassowary on their heads. Citipati lived around 80 million years ago in what is now Mongolia, and is known from several nearly complete skeletons. Citipati’s remains are often used as a basis for the more popular – but less well-understood – dinosaur called Oviraptor, a close relative. Though Oviraptor means “egg thief”, several skeletons of Citipati have been found in a nesting position, showing that the eggs this dinosaur is believed to have stolen might have been its own eggs that it was nurturing.
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