Brachyceratops

Brachyceratops montanensis

  • Pronounced:  Bra - key - Sair - uh - tops

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Short Horned Face"

  • Length:  5 feet (1.8 m)

  • Height:  2 feet (.7 m)

  • Weight:  150 pounds (68 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 75 million years ago

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Western United States

Brachyceratops' classification is tenuous at best, as scientists think that the type specimen may in fact be a juvenile animal of another genus, possibly Centrosaurus 

Whatever the case may be, the fact remains that this specimen was a small, plant-eating horned dinosaur that may have been separated from its herd and killed by a predator, such as an Albertosaurus  Like others in its family, it had a long frill of bone at the back of its skull that was probably used to protect its neck from predators and to help attract the opposite sex.

The genus Brachyceratops has no other species and, since it is a juvenile, there is much speculation as to whether it should be regarded as a genus. In the past, this specimen has been variously assigned to Monoclonius  and Centrosaurus  More recent study of the specimen seems to show differences between this specimen and Monoclonius  so the debate goes on.



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