(Near horned face).
Named By: Barnum Brown - 1914.
Synonyms: Anchiceratops longirostris.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dionsauria, Ornithischia, Ceratopsia, Ceratopsidae, Chasmosaurinae.
Species: A. ornatus (type).
Size: 6 meters long.
Known locations: Canada, Alberta - Horseshoe Canyon Formation, Dinosaur Park Formation. USA, Wyoming Almond Formation.
Time period: Campanian to early Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Usually only the skull and skull fragments, some partial post cranial material including an almost complete spine has also been found.
of fossil sites where Anchiceratops remains have
been found have
revealed that Anchiceratops lived around
estuaries. This may explain
why Anchiceratopsremains are rare when compared to
the remains of
other ceratopsians known to live on open plains. As a chasmosaurine
ceratopsian, Anchiceratops had a large neck frill
bony triangular projections, but moderate brow horns, and a reduced
nasal horn. As in other ceratopsians, Anchiceratops
is known mainly
from skull material, although the spine and possibly other
fragmentary skeletal material is known.
There was once another species of Anchiceratops named A. longirostris which was based upon the fact that the snout is longer with horns that curve forwards as opposed to the upwards pointing horns of A. ornatus. Later study and comparison with other material has since revealed that these differences are not down to different species but different sexes. With this male Anchiceratops are thought to have longer brow horns that point upwards, while females have shorter brow horns that point forwards. Males also seem to have shorter snouts than the females and combined with their longer horns this is probably to make it easier for males to fight one another with their horns during dominance contests.