This is one of the most important dinosaurs that could be found or at least in terms of its fossil remains. Since the taxonomic classification of Ceratopsia and Ceratopsidae is based on them.
Next we will talk about Ceratops…read on to learn more about it.
What does the name ceratops mean?
The name of this dinosaur means “Horn face”, and comes from the Greek words “κέρας” (keras); which is understood as horn and ὤψ, (ops); which is understood as face.
While the species name refers to mountain (place where it was discovered).
History of the Ceratops discovery
The first remains that joined the Ceratops (an occipital condyle and cornillons) were discovered by John Bell Hatcher in the summer of 1888 in the highest formation of the Judith River, and described that same year by Othniel Charles Marsh.
The latter originally believed that this animal was similar to Stegosaurus, but with two horns on its head.
In 1995, Trexler and Sweeney pointed out that the complete material in a bone deposit found in Montana might allow the ceratops to be reexamined.
The site belongs to the same stratigraphic level as the first ceratop remains.
These remains were originally described as a styracosaurus, but it turned out that the horns were chasmosaurus horns.
Trexler and Sweeney pointed out that these horns closely resembled those of the ceratops.
The ceratopsids in the bone deposit were later classified as Albertaceratops and then reclassified into a new genus, Medusaceratops.
In 2005, well-preserved cranial and postcranial elements were discovered in Fergus County, Montana, near the Judith River.
The review suggests a close affinity with C. montanus.
The location was determined to be in or near the stratigraphic layer of C. montanus. Since then, the fossils have been carefully prepared, studied and evaluated.
Currently, a team of editors is preparing the publication.
This specimen may or may not be identified as C. montanus. A new species designation is under discussion.
When did the Ceratops live?
This dinosaur lived in the upper Cretaceous, about 75 million years ago.
What did the Ceratops eat?
Like most Ceratopsids, this dinosaur was a herbivore. It usually fed on roots, plants and low fruits.
Due to the small amount of fossilized material, it is difficult to have a precise description of it.
However, as is always done in these cases; an approximation is usually made by taking a close look at the nearest dinosaurs.
Therefore, we can suggest that this dinosaur was 6 to 8 meters long and had an average height of 3 meters. Strongly built and very bulky.
In fact it’s estimated that they could weigh as much as 10 tons.
The characteristic of this kind of dinosaur was its head which was surrounded by a goatee which often had horns, but there is no fossil evidence to know exactly how it looked like in the case of these dinosaurs.
Hopefully, more of this kind of dinosaur will be found and it will yield more information on how these majestic animals physically looked like.