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ZHUCHENGCERATOPS

a plant-eating leptoceratopsid ceratopsian dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China.
Pronunciation: JOO-cheng-SEH-ruh-tops
Meaning: Zhucheng horned face
Author/s: Li et al. (2010)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Shandong Province, China
Chart Position: 610

Zhuchengceratops inexpectus

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(Unexpected Zhucheng horn face)Etymology
Zhuchengceratops is derived from "Zhucheng" (the county that includes the type locality) and the Greek "keras" (horn) and "ops" (face).
The species epithet, inexpectus, refers to the unexpected discovery of an articulated skeleton in the Zhucheng bone-beds.
Discovery
The remains of Zhuchengceratops were discovered at Kugou Quarry in the Xingezhuang Formation (Wangshi Group), Zhucheng County, Shandong Province, China, in 2008.
The holotype (ZCDM V0015) includes some skull bones, both lower jaws, 14 back vertebrae and associated ribs, and various bone fragments.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian
Age range: 84-71 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 2 meters
Est. max. hip height: ?
Est. max. weight: 70 Kg
Diet: Herbivore
References
• X. Xu, K. Wang, X. Zhao, C. Sullivan, S. Chen (2010) "A New Leptoceratopsid (Ornithischia: Ceratopsia) from the Upper Cretaceous of Shandong, China and Its Implications for Neoceratopsian Evolution". PLoS ONE 5(11): e13835. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013835.
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To cite this page:
Atkinson, L. "ZHUCHENGCERATOPS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
›. Web access: 18th Dec 2017.
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