Named By: T. Ohashi & P. M. Barrett - 2009.
Classification: Chordata, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Marginocephalia, Ceratopsia.
Species: A. yamaguchiorum (type).
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: Japan, Ishikawa Prefecture - Kuwajima Formation.
Time period: Valanginian/Hauterivian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial cranial remains and left mandible (lower jaw).
has been described as a basal ceratopsian
dinosaur, but one that
shows similarities to other ornithopod dinosaurs, particularly in
dental morphology. This may suggest that Albalophosaurus
particularly primitive ceratopsian dinosaur, perhaps even one that
hints at the transition from ornithopod ancestors to more derived
ceratopsian descendants. The name Albalophosaurus
crest’, but this is in reference to the snow-capped peak of Mount
Hakusan near where the holotype remains were discovered, not a
So far Japan has been quite light in terms of fossil discoveries, which is surprising considering that hundreds are known from mainland Asia, but steadily, palaeontologists working in Japan are uncovering more and more Mesozoic reptiles. Other dinosaurs discovered in Japan include Fukuiraptor and Fukuisaurus.
- A new ornithischian dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous Kuwajima Formation of Japan, T. Ohashi & P. M. Barrett - 2009.