(Ojo horned face - After the Ojo Alamo Formation).
Named By: Sullivan & Lucas - 2010.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ceratopsia, Ceratopsidae, Chasmosaurinae, Triceratopsini.
Species: O. fowleri (type).
Size: Estimated at up to 6 meters long.
Known locations: USA, New Mexico - Ojo Alamo Formation.
Time period: Maastrichtian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull.
sitting in a museum and sometimes thought to belong to one kind of
dinosaur are sometimes found to actually represent another
upon later examination. This is how others such as Mojoceratops
were discovered, and is also how Ojoceratops was
Ojoceratops was classed as Torosaurus,
thought to have
resembled a Triceratops
with a squared off frill.
The discovery and naming of new genera means publishing study papers that details the distinguishing features of a genus, the identifying characteristics that make one genus standout from amongst others. The raising of the new Ojoceratops genus from unfamiliar fossil material has allowed other palaeontologists to share their opinions upon the raising of the genus and its validity. Unfortunately for Ojoceratops many have pointed out stark similarities to both Triceratops and Eotriceratops. Further study may yet declare it as a synonym to one of these two genera.
- A new chasmosaurine (Ceratopsidae, Dinosauria) from the Upper Cretaceous Ojo Alamo Formation (Naashoibito Member), San Juan Basin, New Mexico. New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Royal Tyrrell Museum Ceratopsian Symposium. - Indiana University Press, Bloomington 169-180. - R. M. Sullivan & S. G. Lucas - 2010.