Graciliceratops

Name: Graciliceratops ‭(‬graceful horned face‭)‬.
Phonetic: Gras-sil-i-seh-rah-tops.
Named By: P.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Sereno‭ ‬-‭ ‬2000.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ceratopsia.
Species: G.‭ ‬mongoliensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Skull‭ ‬20‭ ‬centimetres long,‭ ‬body estiatimated at‭ ‬90‭ ‬centimetres long,‭ ‬but possibly larger if holotype is a juvenile.
Known locations: Mongolia‭ ‬-‭ ‬Shiregin Gashun Formation.
Time period: Cenomanian‭ ‬of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial but articulated post cranial skeleton of a possible juvenile.

       The type specimen was originally assigned to the genus Microceratops‭ (‬now a synonym to Microceratus‭)‬,‭ ‬Graciliceratops seems to have‭ ‬been a small and lightly built‭ ‬ceratopsian dinosaur.‭ ‬Graciliceratops seems to have been more comfortable in a bipedal posture,‭ ‬but already it is clear that Graciliceratops would have been easily able to adopt a quadrupedal posture when browsing upon low growing vegetation.‭ ‬The mouth of Graciliceratops had already formed a shearing beak which would have been capable of shearing off parts of plants.

Further reading
-‭ ‬The fossil record,‭ ‬systematics and evolution of pachycephalosaurs and ceratopsians from Asia‭ ‬-‭ ‬P.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Sereno‭ ‬-‭ ‬In The Age of Dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia.‭ ‬by M.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Benton,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Shishkin,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Unwin‭ & ‬E.‭ ‬N.‭ ‬Kurochkin‭ (‬eds‭) ‬-‭ 2000.



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