Eotriceratops

Name: Eotriceratops Eotriceratops‭ (‬Dawn Triceratops‭).
Phonetic: E-oh-try-seh-rah-tops.
Named By: Xiao-Chun Wu,‭ ‬Donald B.‭ ‬Brinkman,‭ ‬David A.‭ ‬Eberth‭ & ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Braman‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosuria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ceratopsia,‭ ‬Ceratopsidae,‭ ‬Chasmosaurinae,‭ ‬Triceratopsini.
Species: E.‭ ‬xerinsularis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬3‭ ‬meters long.‭ ‬Body estimated at about‭ ‬9‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: Canada,‭ ‬Alberta‭ ‬-‭ ‬Horseshoe Canyon Formation.
Time period: Campanian/Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and post cranial remains,‭ ‬though many of the bones have been crushed.

       Named in reference to the more famous Triceratops,‭ ‬Eotriceratops was a large ceratopsian dinosaur of the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬At three meters long from the snout to the tip of the neck frill,‭ ‬the skull of Eotriceratops is also immense.‭ ‬The skull at the base of the left brow horn has bite marks which indicates that the left horn may once have been in the mouth of a predator like a tyrannosaur.
       Eotriceratops is just one of many ceratopsian dinosaurs from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation,‭ ‬with Anchiceratops,‭ ‬Arrhinoceratops and Pachyrhinosaurus also known.‭ ‬Other dinosaurs that Eotriceratops may have come into contact with include the armoured Edmontonia and Anodontosaurus,‭ ‬as well as the hadrosaurs Hypacrosaurus,‭ ‬Saurolophus and Edmontosaurus.‭ ‬Principal predatory threats to Eotriceratops probably came from large tyrannosaurs like Albertosaurus,‭ ‬though smaller predators like Atrociraptor and Richardoestesia may have been threats to hatchlings and smaller juveniles.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new ceratopsid dinosaur‭ (‬Ornithischia‭) ‬from the uppermost Horseshoe Canyon Formation‭ (‬upper Maastrichtian‭)‬,‭ ‬Alberta,‭ ‬Canada,‭ ‬Xiao-Chun Wu,‭ ‬Donald B.‭ ‬Brinkman,‭ ‬David A.‭ ‬Eberth‭ & ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Braman‭ ‬-‭ ‬2007.



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