Alaskacephale

Name: Alaskacephale ‭(‬Alaskan head‭)‬.‭
Phonetic: Ah-lass-kah-sef-a-lay.
Named By: R.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Sullivan‭ ‬2006.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Pachycephalosauria,‭ ‬Pachycephalosauridae.
Species: A.‭ ‬gangloffi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of fossil remains,‭ ‬but comparison to similar pachycephalosaur dinosaurs suggests a rough estimate of about‭ ‬2.4‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Alaska‭ ‬-‭ ‬Prince Creek Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: A left squamosal‭ (‬one of the skull bones‭) ‬and part of the parietal dome.

       The first pachycepahlosaurid dinosaur known from Alaska,‭ ‬Alaskacephale is also one of the few dinosaurs known to have lived in the area that would become that state.‭ ‬Unfortunately not a lot is known about this dinosaur because of a current sever lack of remains,‭ ‬but the original describers believe that Alaskacephale may have been roughly the same size as the better preserved Prenocephale.
       The holotype specimen of Alaskacephale was first described by Gangloff,‭ ‬Fiorillo and Norton in‭ ‬2005,‭ ‬but it was not established as a genus until it was re-described by Sullivan in‭ ‬2006.‭ ‬The genus name is in reference to the state of Alaska and the fact that it is a pachycephalosaurid dinosaur.‭ ‬The type species name is in honour of R.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Gangloffi,‭ ‬one of the original describers.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The first pachycephalosaurine‭ (‬Dinosauria‭) ‬from the Paleo-Arctic of Alaska and its paleogeographic implications,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Gangloff,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬R.‭ ‬Fiorillo‭ & ‬D.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Norton‭ ‬-‭ ‬2005.
-‭ ‬A taxonomic review of the Pachycephalosauridae‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Ornithischia‭)‬,‭ ‬R.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Sullivan‭ ‬2006.



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