Xenoceratops ‭(‬Alien horned face‭)

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Xenoceratops ‭(‬Alien horned face‭)

Phonetic : Zee-noe-seh-rah-tops.

Named By : M.‭ ‬J.‭ ‬Ryan,‭ ‬D.‭ ‬C.‭ ‬Evans‭ & ‬K.‭ ‬M.‭ ‬Shepherd‭ ‬-‭ ‬2012

Diet : Herbivore

Size : Estimated 6 meters long

Type of Dinosaur : Ceratopsian

Type Species : X.‭ ‬foremostensis‭ (‬type‭)‬

Found in : Canada,‭ ‬Alberta‭ ‬-‭ ‬Foremost Formation

When it Lived : Late Cretaceous, 79.5 million years ago

Xenoceratops (meaning “alien horned face”) is an genus of the centrosaurine cetropsid dinosaurs, which dates back to the Late Cretaceous (middle Campanian stage) and is believed to have been a resident of what is now Alberta, Canada. The genus is home to one specie, Xenoceratops foremostensis. The remains of the species were found within the Foremost Formation.


Xenoceratopsケラトプスユウタ, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


The year was 1958 when Wann Langston, Jr. extracted skull fragments from the Foremost Formation close to Foremost, Alberta. The Foremost Formation is not well known in relation to dinosaurs; aside teeth, only skeletons from hadrosaurs and the pachycephalosaurid Colepiocephale of the been discovered.

Langston preserved his fragments inside cabinets located at The Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. In the year the year 2003 David C. Evans and Michael J. Ryan became fascinated by the specimens and a more detailed study was conducted in the year 2009. They found it to be an entirely new species and genus that was then identified at the end of the year 2012 by Ryan, Evans, and Kieran M. Shepherd. When they first discovered it, Xenoceratops foremostensis was the oldest taxon known of the ceratopsid dinosaurs found in Canada. It was also the very first ceratopsian discovered by the Foremost Formation. Xenoceratops is derived by the Greek xenos, which means exotic or foreign, as well as the Greek word ceratops, meaning the horned face. The combination refers to the absence of ceratopsian species found in the Foremost Formation. The epithet that is named for The town Foremost, Alberta.

Source: Wikipedia