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MOSAICERATOPS

a herbivorous ceratopsian (horn-faced) dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China.
mosaiceratops
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: 740

Mosaiceratops azumai

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(Azuma's mosaic horn face)Etymology
Mosaiceratops 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.
Discovery
The 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.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Turonian-Campanian
Age range: 92-78 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 1.2 meters
Est. max. hip height: 0.3 meters
Est. max. weight: ?
Diet: Herbivore
Mosaiceratops size
References
• Wenjie Zheng, Xingsheng Jin & Xing Xu (2015) "A psittacosaurid-like basal neoceratopsian from the Upper Cretaceous of central China and its implications for basal ceratopsian evolution". Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 14190.
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Atkinson, L. "MOSAICERATOPS :: from DinoChecker's dinosaur archive".
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