(graceful horned face).
Named By: P. C. Sereno - 2000.
Classification: Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ceratopsia.
Species: G. mongoliensis (type).
Size: Skull 20 centimetres long, body estimated at 80-90 centimetres long, holotype may well be a juvenile, so fully grown adults would have been larger
Known locations: Mongolia - Shiregin Gashun Formation.
Time period: Cenomanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Skull and partial but articulated post cranial skeleton of a possible juvenile.
The type specimen was originally assigned to the genus Microceratops (now a synonym to Microceratus), Graciliceratops seems to have been a small and lightly built ceratopsian dinosaur. Graciliceratops seems to have been more comfortable in a bipedal posture, but already it is clear that Graciliceratops would have been easily able to adopt a quadrupedal posture when browsing upon low growing vegetation. The mouth of Graciliceratops had already formed a shearing beak which would have been capable of shearing off parts of plants.
- The fossil record, systematics and evolution of pachycephalosaurs and ceratopsians from Asia - P. C. Sereno - In The Age of Dinosaurs in Russia and Mongolia. by M. J. Benton, M. A. Shishkin, D. M. Unwin & E. N. Kurochkin (eds) - 2000.