Name: Stellasaurus ‭(‬star lizard‭).
Phonetic: Stel-lah-sor-us.
Named By: John P.‭ ‬Wilson,‭ ‬Michael J.‭ ‬Ryan‭ & ‬Davis C.‭ ‬Evans‭ ‬-‭ ‬2020.
Classification: Chordata,‭ ‬Reptilia,‭ ‬Dinosauria,‭ ‬Ornithischia,‭ ‬Ceratopsidae,‭ ‬Centrosaurinae.
Species: S.‭ ‬ancellae‭ (‬type‭)‬.
Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of remains.
Known locations: USA,‭ ‬Montana‭ ‬-‭ ‬Two Medicine Formation.
Time period: Campanian of the Cretaceous.
Fossil representation: Partial parietal bar of the neck frill with partial horns.

       With holotype fossils initially described as‭ ‬specimens of Rubeosaurus,‭ ‬Stellasaurus is a genus of centrosaurine ceratopsian dinosaur that lived in North America during the late Cretaceous.‭ ‬Although little fossil material exists of Stellasaurus at the time of writing,‭ ‬the dinosaur has been reconstructing as having two large upwards pointing spikes rising from the back of the neck frill.‭ ‬Two smaller spikes rose up at slight angles outwards either side of the two central spikes.‭ ‬These created a star shape which was the inspiration of the name Stellasaurus.‭ ‬Stellasaurus is also a homage to the song‭ ‘‬Starman‭’ ‬by David Bowie.

Further reading
-‭ ‬A new,‭ ‬transitional centrosaurine ceratopsid from the Upper Cretaceous Two Medicine Formation of Montana and the evolution of the‭ '‬Styracosaurus-line‭' ‬dinosaurs.‭ ‬-‭ ‬Royal Society Open Publishing.‭ ‬7‭ (‬4‭)‬.‭ ‬-‭ ‬John P.‭ ‬Wilson,‭ ‬Michael J.‭ ‬Ryan‭ & ‬Davis C.‭ ‬Evans‭ ‬-‭ ‬2020.


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