Lamaceratops

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Lamaceratops
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Parvorder: Coronosauria
Family: Bagaceratopidae
Genus: Lamaceratops
Aliafanov, 2003
Type species
Lamaceratops tereschenkoi
Aliafanov, 2003

Lamaceratops ( meaning "Lama Horned Face"), is a ceratopsian dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia. It was discovered in the Khulsan locality in the Nemegt Valley, outer Mongolia. The validity of this species remains in doubt, as the fossils may in fact be referable to Bagaceratops.[1]

Classification[edit]

Lamaceratops belonged to Bagaceratopidae within the Ceratopsia (the name is Greek for "horned face"), a group of herbivorous dinosaurs with parrot-like beaks which lived in Asia during the Cretaceous. Its type species is Lamaceratops tereschenkoi, and it was first described by Aliafanov in 2003. The validity of this species remains in doubt. Makovicky argued that there is little evidence for separating Lamaceratops from Bagaceratops, but also noted that it would not be surprising to find that different species occurred at different localities. Lamaceratops is described from the Khulsan locality in the Nemegt Valley, while Bagaceratops is described from the Red Beds at Khermeen Tsav.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ V. R. Alifanov. 2003. Two new dinosaurs of the infraorder Neoceratopsia (Ornithischia) from the Upper Cretaceous of the Nemegt Depression, Mongolian People's Republic. Paleontological Journal 37(5):524-534
  2. ^ Makovicky, Peter J.; Norell, Mark A. (2006). "Yamaceratops dorngobiensis, a new primitive ceratopsian (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Cretaceous of Mongolia" (pdf). American Museum Novitates. 3530: 1–42. doi:10.1206/0003-0082(2006)3530[1:YDANPC]2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0003-0082.

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