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Montanoceratops
Temporal range: Early Maastrichtian, 70Ma
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Fossil specimen, Royal Tyrrell Museum
Scientific classification
Genus:
Montanoceratops
Species:
cerorhynchos
Synonyms
  • Leptoceratops cerorynchos (Brown & Schlaikjer, 1942)

Montanoceratops (meaning "Montana horned face") was a ceratopsian dinosaur, walked on four legs, had a large head, a bulky body, a parrot-like beak, a small nose horn, cheek teeth, and a small frill on its head. Males may have had larger frills than females, indicating that the frill may have been used in courtship and mating.

Description

Montanoceratops was up to 6 feet long (1.8 m) and weighed about 900 pounds (400 kg). Montanoceratops lived in the late-Cretaceous period, about 72 to 65 million years ago, toward the end of the Mesozoic, the Age of Reptiles. Fossils have been found in Montana and Alberta, Canada.

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