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Kosmoceratops: Dinosaur Quick Facts

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The Name Kosmoceratops

What Does The Name Mean?
Kosmoceratops (kosmos “ornament, decoration”), (keras, “horn”) and (ōps, “face”).

Who Named the Kosmoceratops?
It was first named by Scott D. Sampson, Mark A. Loewen, Andrew A. Farke, Eric M. Roberts, Catherine A. Forster, Joshua A. Smith, and Alan L. Titus in 2010

What did the Kosmoceratops Eat?

The Kosmoceratops was a herbivorous meaning it ate plants.

How Big Was the Kosmoceratops?

Length – 15 feet
Weight – 5,500lb.

When Did the Kosmoceratops Live?

The dinosaur lived during the Late Cretaceous period and radiocarbon dating of volcanic ash surrounding the fossils revealed that these plant-eating dinosaurs lived around 76 million years ago

Where Did the Kosmoceratops Live?

Kosmoceratops, along with most other chasmosaurines, inhabited Laramidia, an island continent at the time that now forms western North America. Fossils have been found in Utah.

Where Have Fossils from the Kosmoceratops Been Found?

Its fossils have been recovered from the Kaiparowits Formation in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

What Was the Classification of the Kosmoceratops?

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Family: Ceratopsidae
Subfamily: Chasmosaurinae
Genus: Kosmoceratops

Interesting Facts about Kosmoceratops

Kosmoceratops is distinguished by a very ornate skull, the most ornate of any known dinosaur. The horns above the eyes are long, thin, and pointed. The orientation of these horns differs from most other ceratopsians, in which the horns are oriented either forward, or backward. Overall, there are fifteen horns or horn-like structures on the skull, the most of any ceratopsian.

Resources about Kosmoceratops

Horniest dinosaur ever discovered – Kosmoceratops – found in Utah

Meet Kosmoceratops, the horniest vegetarian dinosaur: An almost complete skull of a dinosaur with two massive horns projecting from its brow and 13 bizarre horns around the head which fold back like waves, has been unearthed in the wilds of Utah.

Two bi­zarre new di­no­saurs—one with a stu­pen­dously mul­ti­-horned face and an­oth­er likened to a gi­ant rhi­no with an ab­surdly large head­—have turned up in south­ern Utah, sci­en­tists say.

The Newest (and Horniest) Dinosaur: the Kosmoceratops

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