Leptoceratops (Small horned face)

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Leptoceratops (Small horned face)

Phonetic :Lep-toe-ser-ah-tops.

Named By : Barnum Brown – 1914

Diet : Herbivore

Size : Estimated 2 – 3 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Ceratopsian

Type Species : L. gracilis (type)

Found in : Canada, Alberta. USA, Wyoming

When it Lived : Late Cretaceous, 67-65 million years ago

Leptoceratops, which means ‘Thin-horned Face’ and is derived from Greek lepto/lepto – meaning small’, insignificant’, & kerat/kerat – meaning?horn’ and -ops/ops – meaning face) is a genus that includes primitive ceratopsian dinosaurs dating from the late Cretaceous Period, the late Maastrichtian age (68.8-66 Maa ago), now Western North America. Their skulls were found in Alberta, Canada, and Wyoming.


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Leptoceratops could stand on their hind legs and run. An analysis of their forelimb function shows that they could pronate but could still walk on four legs. Leptoceratops measured around 2m (6.6 ft), and could have weighed between 150 to 441 lb (68 to 200 kg).

Barnum Brown, an Albertan citizen, discovered the first small ceratopsian called Leptoceratops in 1910 in Red Deer Valley. It was described by him four years later. Although the skull of the first specimen was missing, there were other well-preserved finds made by C. M. Sternberg in 1947. One complete fossil was also found. Later material was discovered in 1978 at the Bighorn Basin in northern Wyoming.

Leptoceratops gracis is the type species. Material collected in Montana in 1942 was called Leptoceratops ceorhynchos. However, it was later renamed Montanoceratops.

Source: Wikipedia