Diceratops (Greek for “two-horned face”)
Estimated 8-9 meters long
Late Cretaceous, 75 million years ago
Diceratops, also known as “two-horned face,” is a genus of ceratopsian dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 75 million years ago, in what is now North America.
Diceratops was a herbivorous dinosaur that belonged to the family Ceratopsidae, which includes other well-known dinosaurs such as Triceratops and Styracosaurus. Like other ceratopsians, Diceratops had a distinctive frill at the back of its skull, which was adorned with a number of spikes and horns.
The most notable feature of Diceratops was its two large horns that projected forward from its frill. These horns were relatively short compared to the horns of other ceratopsians, but they were still formidable weapons that would have been used for defense against predators or for intraspecific combat.
Although not as well-known as some of its relatives, Diceratops is an important dinosaur in the study of ceratopsian evolution and the diversity of Late Cretaceous ecosystems. Its unique features and relationships with other ceratopsians have helped scientists to better understand the evolution and ecology of this fascinating group of dinosaurs. However, it is worth noting that the name “Diceratops” is not widely accepted as a valid genus name by many paleontologists and is considered a synonym of another ceratopsian, Chasmosaurus.