Pronunciation: LEP-to-SEH-ruh-tops Meaning: Small horn-face Author/s: Barnum Brown (1914) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Alberta, Canada Chart Position: 85
Although Leptoceratops is related to the horn-faced colossus that is Triceratops, and may have shared its time and place, it was tiny by comparison. However, size is no guarantee of strength. It's no guarantee of having an entire group of dinosaurs named in your honor either, and despite being less than two meters long and only about the weight of a wolf Leptoceratops anchors Leptoceratopsidae; a family of small, possibly bipedal, "horn faced" (ceratopsian) herbivores who are suprisingly lacking in the face horn department, but are united by the presence of incredibly deep, robust jaws and huge, bulbous teeth.
(Slender, Small Horn Face)EtymologyLeptoceratops is derived from the Greek "leptos" (small), "ceras" (horn) and "ops" (face). The species epithet, gracilis, means "slender" in Latin.
DiscoveryThe first remains of Leptoceratops (holotype: AMNH 5205 - a partial skeleton) were discovered in the Scollard Formation, 3 miles above Tolman Ferry, Red Deer Valley, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, by Barnum Brown in 1910. More, and more complete, specimens were discovered in the same area by C.M. Sternberg in 1947. Remains were also found in the Bighorn Basin, northern Wyoming, in 1978.