Microceratus ‭(‬Small horned‭)‬

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Microceratus ‭(‬Small horned‭)‬

Phonetic : Mi-krow-seh-rah-tus.

Named By : O.‭ ‬Mateus‭ ‬-‭ ‬2008

Diet : Herbivore

Size : Estimated 60 cm long

Type of Dinosaur : Ceratopsian

Type Species : M.‭ ‬gobiensis‭ (‬type‭)

Found in : Mongolia

When it Lived : Late Cretaceous, 86-66 million years ago

Microceratus, which means “small-horned”, is a genus that includes small ceratopsian dinosaurs. It lived during the Cretaceous Period in Asia. It was approximately 2 feet (0.6 m long) in length, walked on two legs and had short front arms. Along with Psittacosaurus from Mongolia, it was one of the earliest ceratopsians or horned dinosaurs.

Bohlin first described the type species Microceratops bebiensis in 1953. The second species M. sulcidens was also discovered by Bohlin. These species may have been part of Asiaceratops. The generic name was preoccupied by an ichneumon (subfamily Gelinae), with the same name. Mateus created a substitute name Microceratus in 2008 to replace the type specimen, though much of the material was reclassified to the genus Graciliceratops.

Source: Wikipedia