Mojoceratops

Name: Mojoceratops ‭(‬Mojo horned face‭)‬.
Phonetic: Mo-jo-seh-ra-tops.
Named By: Nicholas R.‭ ‬Longrich‭ ‬-‭ ‬2010.
Synonyms: Possibly Eoceratops,‭ ‬canadensis,‭ ‬Chasmosaurus kaiseni.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithoschia,‭ ‬Ceratopsia,‭ ‬Ceratopsidae,‭ ‬Chasmosaurinae.
Species: M.‭ ‬perifania‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Uncertain due to incomplete fossil material,‭ ‬but possibly up to‭ ‬5‭ ‬-‭ ‬6‭ ‬meters long based upon comparison to Chasmosaurus‭ ‬-‭ ‬refer to main text for details.
Known locations: Canada,‭ ‬Alberta‭ ‬-‭ ‬Dinosaur park Formation.
Time period: Campanian of‭ ‬the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Eight partial skeletons.

       Mojoceratops was discovered by a close examination of some skulls that had been assigned to the more well Chasmosaurus.‭ ‬The more the skulls were studied the more differences were discovered,‭ ‬resulting in the creation of a new genus.‭ ‬The palaeontologists who were looking the skulls over initially came up with name Mojoceratops when they were brainstorming ideas.‭ ‬However when they realised that a mojo is actually a charm for attracting members of the opposite sex they found the name to be very fitting as ceratopisan most probably used their frills for that exact purpose.‭ ‬Additionally the frill dips in the middle making the two halves form a structure that loosely resembles a heart shape.

Further reading
- Mojoceratops perifania, A New Chasmosaurine Ceratopsid from the Late Campanian of Western Canada. - Journal of Paleontology 84 (4): 681–694. - Nicholas R. Longrich - 2010.



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