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XENOCERATOPS

Pronunciation: zee-no-SER-a-tops
Meaning: Strange horn face
Authors: Ryan et al. (2012)
Previous names: None known
First discovery: Alberta, Canada
Roar factor: 4/10

Xenoceratops foremostensis

At around 0.5 million years older than Albertaceratops from the lower Oldman Formation of Alberta, Xenoceratops is the oldest known Canadian ceratopsian, and the basalmost centrosaurine to boot, but it took 78 million years to officially describe and in the meantime a UK television show stole in and used the name first. Or so we were led to believe by the Spanish version of a certain 'pedia beginning with "W".

As entertaining as it is "Primeval" isn't classed as an official scientific platform, so strictly speaking their Xenoceratops, who wandered through an anomaly and came second best in a collision with a car carries no scientific value. Funny thing is, we're big fans of Primeval, have watched every episode and read every book, and there ain't no Xenoceratops in it! Anyway, Michael J. Ryan snook in and used the name in 2012, but he wasn't sneaky enough.

The paper was embargoed until November 8th but it was released "accidently" in all its glory a month too soon, and although it was quickly removed eagle-eyed bloggers were onto it like a flash. The now official release is the vehicle in which Ryan also coined Coronosaurus ("Crown Lizard") for the remains previously known as Centrosaurus brinkmani, which oozes irony because Ryan named Centrosaurus brinkmani himself in 2005!
(Strange Horn Face from the Foremost Formation)Etymology
Xenoceratops is derived from the Greek "xenos" (strange, foreign), "ceras" (horn) and "-ops" (face), referring to the rarity of ceratopsian material in the Foremost Formation. The species epithet, foremostensis, means "from Foremost" in Latin, and refers to its discovery near the village of Foremost, Alberta.
Discovery
The first remains of Xenoceratops were discovered in the Foremost Formation (Belly River Group), Alberta, Canada, by Dr. Wann Langston Jr. way back in 1958, but spent the next half century still packed in its clay field jacket at Ottawa's Canadian Museum of Nature until it was discovered for a second time. The holotype (CMN 53282) is a partial frill.
Estimations
Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Period: Late Cretaceous
Timespan: 83-76 million years ago
Age: Early-Mid Campanian
Vital Stats:
Est. Max. Length: ?
Est. Max. Height: ?
Est. Max. Weight: ?
Diet: Herbivorous
References
• Ryan, M.J , David C. Evans and Kieran M. Shepherd (2012) "A new ceratopsid from the Foremost Formation (middle Campanian) of Alberta".
                    
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