Microceratus

Name: Microceratus ‭(‬Small horned‭)‬.
Phonetic: Mi-krow-seh-rah-tus.
Named By: O.‭ ‬Mateus‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.
Synonyms: Microceratops gobiensis
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ceratopsia,‭ ‬Neoceratopsia.
Species: M.‭ ‬gobiensis‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Roughly about‭ ‬60‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: Mongolia.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial remains.

       Microceratus was actually first named all the way back in‭ ‬1953‭ ‬as Microceratops from partial remains discovered in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.‭ ‬Just over fifty years later however it was realised that Microceratops had already been used to name a genus of wasp,‭ ‬and so this dinosaur was renamed as Microceratus.
       Microceratops was a very small ceratopsian dinosaur that was likely bipedal for greater mobility.‭ ‬A bipedal stance and small size would mean that Microceratops was a fairly agile and fast running dinosaur,‭ ‬important adaptations as Microceratus would likely have been hunted by small theropod dinosaurs such as dromaeosaurs and troodonts.‭ ‬The neck frill that grew from the back of the skull was fairly small and likely used for display more than defence.

Further reading
-‭ ‬Fossil reptiles from Mongolia and Kansu.‭ ‬Reports from the Scientific Expedition to the North-western Provinces of China under Leadership of Dr.‭ ‬Sven Hedin.‭ ‬VI.‭ ‬Vertebrate Palaeontology‭ ‬6.‭ ‬The Sino-Swedish Expedition Publication‭ ‬37:1-113.‭ ‬-‭ ‬B.‭ ‬Bohlin‭ ‬-‭ ‬1953.
-‭ ‬Two ornithischian dinosaurs renamed:‭ ‬Microceratops Bohlin‭ ‬1953‭ ‬and Diceratops Lull‭ ‬1905.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Journal of Paleontology‭ ‬82‭ (‬2‭)‬:‭ ‬423.‭ ‬-‭ ‬O.‭ ‬Mateus‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008.



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