Anchiceratops

Anchiceratops ornatus

  • Pronounced:  AN - key - SERRA - tops

  • Diet:  Herbivore (plant eater)

  • Name Means:  "Close Horn Face"

  • Length:  20 feet (6 m)

  • Height:  8 feet (2.6 m)

  • Weight:  2 tons (1,800 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 80 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Alberta, Canada

Anchiceratops is a lesser-known member of the family of dinosaurs that includes Triceratops  . It was very similar in looks to its more famous cousin, except that its frill was not solid and it was squarer shaped. Anchiceratops also had shorter horns and was a little smaller than Triceratops 

Barnum Brown of the American Museum of Natural History first discovered Anchiceratops along the Red River in Alberta, Canada in 1912. This original specimen consisted of only the back part of the skull, but since that time a number of specimens have been found, including a nearly complete skeleton now at the National Museum of Canada. Anchiceratops' body was very much like other ceratopsians except that it had a very short tail. Its most distinctive feature was its strange neck frill - moderately long and rectangular with small oval openings. On the back of the frill there were six large bony knobs that expanded into short, triangular, backward pointing spikes. Anchiceratops also had two short spikes that curve up and outward. It had a short nasal horn, a very long nose, and two moderate-sized brow horns. It was probably a fairly common dinosaur in its time, as a number of fossils have been found.



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