Bagaceratops

Name: Bagaceratops ‭(‬Small horned face‭)‬.
Phonetic: Bah-gah-seh-rah-tops.
Named By: Teresa Maryanska and Halszka Osmólska‭ ‬-‭ ‬1975.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Cerapoda,‭ ‬Ceratopsia,‭ ‬Bagaceratopidae.
Species: B.‭ ‬rozhdestvenskyi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: About‭ ‬1‭ ‬meter long.
Known locations: Mongolia.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Cranial remains of at least twenty five individuals or varying degrees of completeness.‭ ‬Skulls of juveniles at various growth stages are also known.‭ ‬Post cranial remains far rarer.

       A relative of the world famous Protoceratops,‭ ‬Bagaceratops is unusual in that it is more primitive,‭ ‬yet appeared later.‭ ‬Bagaceratops seems to have been like other small ceratopsids of its kind,‭ ‬though most of the post cranial skeleton is still unknown.‭ ‬Bagaceratops would have cropped plants with its beak while also keeping an eye open for the approach of potential predators such as tyrannosaurs and dromaeosaurs.
       There has been past speculation that the genus Magnirostris may actually be based upon specimens of Bagaceratops.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Protoceratopsidae‭ (‬Dinosauria‭) ‬of Asia,‭ ‬Teresa Maryanska and Halszka Osmólska.



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