Montanoceratops cerorhynchus

  • Pronounced:  mon-Tan-o-Sair-a-tops

  • Diet:  Herbivore (plant-eater)

  • Name Means:  Montana Horned Face

  • Length:  10 ft. (3 meters)

  • Height:  3 ft. (1 meters)

  • Weight:  1,000 pounds (450 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 73 million years ago

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in North America

Montanoceratops is one of those interesting dinosaurs that demonstrate the evolution of a dinosaur family. It is related to the same family as Protoceratops  but it is a more advanced member of this family, a little closer to the later horned dinosaurs such as Zuniceratops  and the big Triceratops  Montanoceratops was a medium sized plant-eater, with a beak for ripping leaves off plants and lots of teeth in the back of its mouth for chewing them up. It had no real horns, but a bulge on the top of its beak shows the beginning of what would become a nose-horn in its later family members.

Originally classified as a Leptoceratops  this dinosaur was later diagnosed as more advanced than both Leptoceratops  and Protoceratops  It may be a direct ancestor of the early horned dinosaur, Zuniceratops.

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