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DICERATOPS

a plant-eating chasmosaurine ceratopsid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of North America.
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Pronunciation: die-SEH-ruh-tops
Meaning: Two horned face
Author/s: Lull (1905)
Synonyms: None known
First Discovery: Wyoming, USA
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Diceratops hatcheri

Diceratops was originally thought to be Triceratops with a broken horn and battle-punctured neck frill. But it wasn't. It wasn't actually Diceratops either. That name had already been taken in 1869 by Förster (aka Foerster) and his hymenopteran wasp (which, ironically, turned out to be synonymous with the same author's Syzeuctus), but by the time Mateus got around to re-naming it Diceratus in 2008 Ukrainsky had already had a new name approved.

From the get-go Diceratops oozed misfortune, spinning more bad luck than you would wish upon HMRC or the IRS. Even before the naming kerfuffle, it was due to feature in O.C. Marsh's ceratopsian masterpiece, but he died in 1899 before it could be completed. John Bell Hatcher picked up the baton, endeavored to complete the Triceratops section and intended to rename Diceratops, but he too died, tragically young (42), in 1904. In 1905, it fell to Richard Swann Lull to complete the monograph, in which he retained the pre-occupied name Diceratops. By 1933, though, Lull was having second thoughts about the critter's distinctness, so he proposed a new name, kind of, but still managed to keep the pre-occupied one when he coined Triceratops (Diceratops) hatcheri. But at at least he didn't die before the volume was finished.

After more attention than any vegetarian quadruped could possibly hope for, Diceratops is now officially known as Nedoceratops (Ukrainsky, 2007). And just to highlight this poor critter's serial misfortune one more time; Nedoceratops may be synonymous with Triceratops.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Maastrichtian
Age range: 67-66 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 7.6 meters
Est. max. hip height: 2.2 meters
Est. max. weight: 6 tons
Diet: Herbivore
References
• Förster A (1869) "Synopsis der Familien und Gattungen der Ichneumonen". Verhandlungen des Naturhistorischen Vereins der Preussischen Rheinlande und Westfalens 25: 135-221 [167].
• Hatcher, J. B. (1904) "Two new Ceratopsia from the Laramie of Converse County, Wyoming". The American Journal of Science, series 4 20(120):413-419.
• Lull R.S. (1933) "A revision of the Ceratopsia or horned dinosaurs".
• Ukrainsky, A.S. (2009) "Synonymy of the genera Nedoceratops Ukrainsky, 2007 and Diceratus Mateus, 2008 (Reptilia: Ornithischia: Ceratopidae)".
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Atkinson, L. "DICERATOPS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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