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CERATOPS

a dubious plant-eating ceratopsian dinosaur from the Late cretaceous of North America.
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Pronunciation: SEH-ruh-tops
Meaning: Horned face
Author/s: Marsh (1888)
Synonyms: Proceratops (Lull, 1906)
First Discovery: Montana, USA
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Ceratops montanus

(Montana Horned Face) Etymology
Ceratops is derived from the Greek "ceras" (horn) and "ops" (face).
The species epithet, montanus, refers to its discovery in Montana.
Discovery
The remains of Ceratops were discovered in the Judith River Formation at Cow Creek Valley about 16km upstream of where the Judith River meets the Missouri River, by John Bell Hatcher on June 5th, 1888.
The holotype (USNM 2411) is an occipital condyle (the "knuckle" bone at the base of the skull that forms a joint with the first neck vertebrae), and a pair of horn cores.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage:
Age range: 80-73 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Trexler, D. and Sweeney, F.G. (1995) "Preliminary work on a recently discovered ceratopsian (Dinosauria: Ceratopsidae) bonebed from the Judith River Formation of Montana suggests the remains are of Ceratops montanus Marsh."
• Peter Dodson (1998) "The Horned Dinosaurs: a Natural History".
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "CERATOPS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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