Helioceratops

Name: Helioceratops ‭(‬Sun horned face‭)‬.
Phonetic: Hel-ee-oh-seh-rah-tops.
Named By: Jin Liyong,‭ ‬Chen Jun,‭ ‬Zan Shuqin‭ & ‬Pascal Godefroit‭ ‬-‭ ‬2009.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia Ceratopsia.
Species: H.‭ ‬brachygnathus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: 1.3‭ ‬meters long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Jilin Province‭ ‬-‭ ‬Quantou Formation.
Time period: Aptian to Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Maxilla and mandible‭ (‬lower jaw‭)‬.

       Although very little fossil material has been found,‭ ‬Helioceratops has been identified as‭ ‬a‭ ‬basal‭ (‬or primitive‭) ‬form of Ceratopsian dinosaur.‭ ‬This means that it is unlikely that Helioceratops sported‭ ‬the elaborate frill and horns of the larger quadrupedal ceratopsians that most people know.‭ ‬Although primitive,‭ ‬Helioceratops seems to have had a body plan that would survive until the end of the age of dinosaurs in other ceratopsian genera such as Leptoceratops and Montanaceratops.



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