Name: Ornatops ‭(‬Ornate face‭)‬.
Phonetic: Or-nah-tops.
Named By: Andrew T.‭ ‬McDonald,‭ ‬Douglas G.‭ ‬Wolfe,‭ ‬Elizabeth A.‭ ‬Freedman Fowler,‭ & ‬Terry A.‭ ‬Gates‭ ‬-‭ ‬2021.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ornithopoda,‭ ‬Hadrosauridae,‭ ‬Saurolophinae.
Species: O.‭ ‬incantatus‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unavailable.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬New Mexico‭ ‬-‭ ‬Menefee Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial skull and post cranial skeleton.

       Ornatops is a genus of brachylophosaurine saurolophine hadrosaurid dinosaur that lived in North America during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬Though the holotype skull is in bits,‭ ‬it has been reconstructed to form features that are roughly similar to Brachylophosaurus.‭ ‬Ornatops however also seems to‭ ‬have a bony protrusion rising up above the eyes.‭ ‬Like other hadrosaurs,‭ ‬Ornatops‭ ‬could have likely been a generalist browser of plants with a body form similar to those of other hadrosaurids.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new brachylophosaurin‭ (‬Dinosauria:‭ ‬Hadrosauridae‭) ‬from the Upper Cretaceous Menefee Formation of New Mexico.‭ ‬-‭ ‬PeerJ.‭ ‬9:‭ ‬e11084.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Andrew T.‭ ‬McDonald,‭ ‬Douglas G.‭ ‬Wolfe,‭ ‬Elizabeth A.‭ ‬Freedman Fowler,‭ & ‬Terry A.‭ ‬Gates‭ ‬-‭ ‬2021.


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