Mosaiceratops

Name: Mosaiceratops ‭(‬Mosaic horned face‭)‬.
Phonetic: Mo-zayk-seh-rah-tops.
Named By: W.‭ ‬Zheng,‭ ‬X.‭ ‬Jin‭ & ‬X.‭ ‬Xu‭ ‬-‭ ‬2015.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauira,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Marginocephalia,‭ ‬Ceratopsia,‭ ‬Neoceratopsia.
Species: M.‭ ‬azumai‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Roughly estimated at about‭ ‬120‭ ‬centimetres long for the holotype.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Henan‭ ‬-‭ ‬Majiacun Formation.
Time period: Turonian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and post cranial remains.

       Named in‭ ‬2015,‭ ‬the description of Mosaiceratops has led to some interesting insights into our understanding of neoceratopsian dinosaurs.‭ ‬While the general appearance of the skull is similar to genera such as Liaoceratops and Aquilops,‭ ‬the premaxilla and maxilla of the skull,‭ ‬as well‭ ‬as‭ ‬teeth show a similarity to Psittacosaurus.‭ ‬One specific area of this is the presence of teeth in the pre-maxilla that before the description of Mosaiceratops were thought to be very primitive features that identified one specific family of neoceratopsian dinosaurs called the Psittacosauridae.‭ ‬Mosaiceratops however at least shows us that premaxilla teeth were not exclusive to this family,‭ ‬and may indicate a second group that had them.‭ ‬Mosaiceratops is not considered to be related to Psittacosaurus because even though Mosaiceratops does not look much like the famous Triceratops,‭ ‬the authors found it to be more similar to Triceratops than Psittacosaurus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A psittacosaurid-like basal neoceratopsian from the Upper Cretaceous of central China and its implications for basal ceratopsian evolution.‭ ‬Scientific Reports‭ ‬5:14190:1-9.‭ ‬-‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Zheng,‭ ‬X.‭ ‬Jin‭ & ‬X.‭ ‬Xu‭ ‬-‭ ‬2015.



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