Ayv - ah - Sair - o - tops
"Ava's horn face"
13.5 feet (4 m)
4 feet (1.3 m)
700 pounds tons (318 kilos)
Late Cretaceous - 77 mya
Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found
in Western United States
like a small version of
Like many dinosaur
discoveries, not much of
it was found. In fact,
scientists only found
part of its skull and a
little of the skeleton
behind its head.
This small ceratopsian is known
from a single partial skeleton. It
was small but had a moderately heavy
build. Avaceratops had a short, deep
snout with a thick and powerful
lower jaw. The neck frill was solid.
It is believed that this ceratopsian
did not have very large brow horns.
Most of its closest relatives had a
large nose horn and no brow horns.
Some feel that the type specimen is
a juvenile, or possibly a young
adult. It is considered a primitive
It was found in 1981 by two
amateur paleontologists, Ed and Ava
Cole and it was named after Ava. It
is an example of the important
contributions that non-scientists
can make to paleontology. This
skeleton is now on display at the
Academy of Natural Sciences in