Pronunciation: mo-ZAY-yih-SEH-ruh-tops Meaning: Mosaic horn face Author/s: Zheng, Xu and Jin (2015) Synonyms: None known First Discovery: Henan, China Chart Position: 726
(Azuma's mosaic horn face)EtymologyMosaiceratops is derived from the Latin "mosaicus" and the Greek "ceras" (horn) and "ops" (face), referring to its unique combination (or mosaic) of characters that were previously found only in basal ceratopsians, psittacosaurids, or basal neoceratopsians. The species epithet, azumai, honors Dr. Yoichi Azuma from Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum who co-organized and participated in several dinosaur expeditions in China, one of which led to the discovery of Archaeoceratops.
DiscoveryThe remains of Mosaiceratops were discovered in the Xiaguan Formation on the west bank of Tuanhe River, Xiaguan-Gaoqiu Basin, Neixiang County, southwestern Henan Province, China.
The holotype (ZMNH M8856, housed in the collections of the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History, Hangzhou, China) is a skull (15 cm long) and a partial skeleton, including three neck (cervical) vertebrae, three back (dorsal) vertebrae, ribs, 18 tail (caudal) vertebrae, chevrons, bones from the right arm (humerus and radius), hip bones (both ilia and the left ischium), both thighs (femora), both shins (tibiae), the left shank (fibula), bones from the left ankle and foot, and some undiagnostic remains.