Psittacosaurus modernus (name meaning "modern parrot lizard") or Psittacosaurus xinjiangensis modernus (name meaning "modern parrot lizard of Xinjiang") is a species of medium-sized herbivorous ceratopsian dinosaur, which originally existed in the Early Cretaceous Period around 126–101 that was once extinct and originally lived in what is now China, but has since been brought back from extinction by SciiFii and now lives in the Cretaceous Safari in Cretaceous Park located in Sacramento, California. It is a member of the Psittacosauridae, a group of early horned dinosaurs. Unlike later ceratopsians, however, it is a much smaller creature, about the size of a sheep/goat (2 metres (6.5 feet) in length), it lacks horns, it retained some primitive traits not seen in later genera, and is a obligate biped at adulthood, despite the hatchlings being semi-quadrupedal. Due to resembling almost exactly like the original species, Psittacosaurus xinjiangensis, it has became controversial whether or not the modern Psittacosaurus is the same or a completely different species from the original, some scientists named it Psittacosaurus modernus due to being a genetically engineered species, while most scientists nowadays argued that the modern Psittacosaurus is the same species as the original, due to being almost identical to the original species, therefore, they named it Psittacosaurus xinjiangensis modernus. Psittacosaurus is a peaceful plant-eater and mainly feeds on fruits, leaves, cycads, ferns, and horsetails, yet it is a shy animal, only coming with other Psittacosaurus during mating seasons, where males fight over others to win a right to mate. Despite the shy nature of modern Psittacosaurus, it is a friendly animal and shows no signs of fear from sapient species such as humans, and there has been talks from SciiFii discussing on the idea of Psittacosaurus as the next pet dinosaur species.
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