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MICROCEPHALE

a dubious plant-eating pachycephalosaurid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Canada.
Pronunciation: MIEK-ro-SEF-uh-lee
Meaning: Tiny head
Author/s: Paul Sereno (1997)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Alberta, Canada
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Microcephale

"Microcephale" is a pachycephalosaur, probably. It is also a nomen nudum — a naked name — because it has yet to be officially described, and scientific etiquette dictates that naked names be enclosed in "quotes" to denote their unofficial status lest the paleontology gods strike you down.

It was first mentioned in "The origin and evolution of dinosaurs" during the 25th Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science in 1997, and some time later a super-psyched Paul Sereno affectionately referred to it as "mushroom head" because of the shape and size of its skull cap; domed and only a couple of inches wide.

Many paleontologists surmise that male pachycephalosaurs, affectionately known as "head bangers", participated in butting contests for the right to bang uglies with the most desirable females just like modern Musk ox and Bighorn sheep. Proportionately similar to other pachycephalosaurs though tiny based on the size of its skull, one can only assume that "Microcephale" and its shows of machismo were truly a sight to behold, and pity any Late Cretaceous insect that got in the way.
Etymology
"Microcephale" is derived from the Greek "mikros" (tiny, small) and "kephale" (head).
A species epithet will arive with an official description.
Discovery
The remains of "Microcephale" - including a couple of domed skull caps - were discovered in the Dinosaur Park Formation of Alberta, Canada. A holotype was not suggested.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian
Age range: 84-71 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: ?
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
References
• P. Sereno (1997) "The Origin and Evolution of Dinosaurs". Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Science, 1997, 25: 435-489.
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