Xuanhuaceratops

Name: Xuanhuaceratops ‭(‬Xuanhua horned face‭)‬.
Phonetic: Zwan-ha-seh-ra-tops.
Named By: Zhao,‭ ‬Cheng,‭ ‬Xu,‭ ‬Makovicky‭ ‬-‭ ‬2006.‭
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Marginocephalia,‭ ‬Ceratopsia,‭ ‬Chaoyangsauridae.
Species: X.‭ ‬niei‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Estimated‭ ‬90‭ ‬centimetres long.
Known locations: China,‭ ‬Hebei Province,‭ ‬Xuanhua‭ ‬-‭ ‬Houcheng Formation.
Time period: Late Jurassic.
Fossil representation: Four individuals represented by partial skull and post cranial remains.

       Xuanhuaceratops represents the early ceratopsian form that was a small probably bipedal dinosaur that had developed the sharp cropping beak as well as the rudimentary beginnnings of the neck frill that would become so characteristic of the ceratopsians.‭ ‬Because of its small size Xuanhuaceratops probably had to rely upon speed and agility to escape predators that may have included theropods like Xuanhanosaurus.



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