Nasutoceratops

Name: Nasutoceratops ‭(‬large nosed horned face‭)‬.
Phonetic: Na-su-to-seh-ra-tops.
Named By: S.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Sampson,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Lund,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Loewen,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Farke‭ & ‬K.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Clayton‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ceratopsidae,‭ ‬Centrosaurinae.
Species: N.‭ ‬titusi‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Skull about‭ ‬1.5‭ ‬meters long. Body length roughly estimated to be about 4.8 meters long.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Utah‭ ‬-‭ ‬Kaiparowits Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial post cranial remains.

       Nasutoceratops was the second genus of centrosaurine ceratopsian dinosaur to be discovered in the south west of the USA,‭ ‬the first genus being Diabloceratops that was named three years earlier.‭ ‬Back in the Cretaceous the South-west of what is now the USA was the southern portion of Laramidia,‭ ‬an island landmass extending‭ ‬from‭ ‬Canada all the way to Mexico,‭ ‬and isolated from Appalachia‭ (‬modern day eastern USA‭) ‬by the western interior seaway.‭ ‬It is possible that the reason why‭ ‬centrosaurine‭ ‬ceratopsian dinosaurs were not as common in southern Laramidia than they were in the North may well be because of geological barriers that prevented ceratopsian dinosaurs from spreading south.‭ ‬If correct then this would have resulted in isolated populations that may have begun evolving features differently because of a more limited gene pool.
       Hailing from the Kaiparowits Formation,‭ ‬Nasutoceratops would have shared its habitat with chasmosaurine ceratopsian dinosaurs such as Kosmoceratops and Utahceratops,‭ ‬as well as hadrosaurs such as Gryposaurus and Parasaurolophus.‭ ‬Potential predators included theropods like the troodontid Talos but particularly tyrannosaurs such as Teratophoneus.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A remarkable short-snouted horned dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous‭ (‬late Campanian‭) ‬of southern Laramidia.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Proceedings of the Royal Society B:‭ ‬Biological Sciences‭ ‬280:20131186.‭ ‬-‭ ‬S.‭ ‬D.‭ ‬Sampson,‭ ‬E.‭ ‬K.‭ ‬Lund,‭ ‬M.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Loewen,‭ ‬A.‭ ‬A.‭ ‬Farke‭ & ‬K.‭ ‬E.‭ ‬Clayton‭ ‬-‭ ‬2013.



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