Archaeoceratops

Archaeoceratops oshimai

  • Pronounced:  Ark-ee-o-Sair-uh-tops

  • Diet:  Herbivore( plant-eater)

  • Name Means:  "Ancient horned face"

  • Length:  unknown

  • Height:  unknown

  • Weight:  unknown

  • Time:  Early Cretaceous

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Asia

Archaeoceratops is a very old member of the family of horned dinosaurs which includes Triceratops  It is from China and was much smaller than its later relatives. This dinosaur was discovered recently and it has not been studied enough to know a great deal about its life. Scientists are not even sure of the time period in which it lived. It is possible that it coexisted with the recently discovered Zuniceratops  in North America, which is another early member of this family.

This dinosaur is considered a very important discovery. Known from two partial skeletons, including substantial skull materials, it is an important branch in the ceratopsian family tree. It has a relatively short frill, but the skull is fairly large relative to overall body size. Its appearance is close to a larger Microceratops.



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