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PRENOCEPHALE

a plant-eating pachycephalosaurid marginocephalian dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia.
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Pronunciation: PREE-no-SEF-a-lee
Meaning: Sloped head
Author/s: Osmólska and Maryañska (1974)
Synonyms: Homalocephale?, Sphaerotholus?
First Discovery: Omnogovi, Mongolia
Chart Position: 193

Prenocephale prenes

(Sloping Sloping head)Etymology
The name Prenocephale is derived from the Greek "prenes" (sloping, slanted or inclined) and "cephale" (head) which is the go-to suffix for members of Pachycephalosauridae.
The species epithet, prenes, means, errr, sloping, slanted or inclined, in Greek.
Discovery
Prenocephale was discovered at "Northern Nemegt, site 19" (aka PMPE Nem019, "the zone of Saurolophus angustirostris and Tarbosaurus bataar) in the Nemegt Formation of Mongolia's Gobi Desert, by Halszka Osmólska of the joint Polish and Mongolian Palaeontological Expeditions (PMPE) in 1970. The holotype (Z. Pal. MgD-I/104) is a well preserved skull with some teeth but no lower jaws, and several fragmentary back vertebrae and ribs, one tail vertebra, a badly damaged left thigh, a partial right thigh, and numerous tendons from the tail, some of which were in natural arrangement.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Maastrichtian
Age range: 71-66 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 2.4 meters
Est. max. hip height: 1 meters
Est. max. weight: 45 Kg
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Maryanska T and Osmolska H (1974) "Pachycephalosauria, a new suborder of ornithischian dinosaurs". Palaeontologia Polonica 30: 45-102.
• Longrich NR, Sankey J and Tanke D (2010) "Texacephale langstoni, a new genus of pachycephalosaurid (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the upper Campanian Aguja Formation, southern Texas, USA". Cretaceous Research, doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2009.12.002.
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Atkinson, L. "PRENOCEPHALE :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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