Name: Albalophosaurus ‭(‬white crest‭)‬.
Phonetic: Al-bal-o-foe-sore-us.
Named By: T.‭ ‬Ohashi‭ & ‬P.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Barrett‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Marginocephalia,‭ ‬Ceratopsia.
Species: A.‭ ‬yamaguchiorum‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
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)‬.

       Albalophosaurus 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 was a particularly primitive ceratopsian dinosaur,‭ ‬perhaps even one that hints at the transition from ornithopod ancestors to more derived ceratopsian descendants.‭ ‬The name Albalophosaurus means‭ ‘‬white crest‭’‬,‭ ‬but this is in reference to the snow-capped peak of Mount Hakusan near where the holotype remains were discovered,‭ ‬not a physical feature.
       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.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new ornithischian dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous Kuwajima Formation of Japan,‭ ‬T.‭ ‬Ohashi‭ & ‬P.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Barrett‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.


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