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Notoceratops
"Southern Horned Face"


ANATOMY
Notoceratops was a ceratopsian (a frilled, horned, quadrupedal, herbivorous dinosaur with a beak) known only from a late Cretaceous jaw bone. Notoceratops walked on four sturdy legs, had a large head, a bulky body, a parrot-like beak, cheek teeth, and a small frill on its head.

WHEN NOTOCERATOPS LIVED
Notoceratops lived in the late-Cretaceous period, about 83-73 million years ago, toward the end of the Mesozoic, the Age of Reptiles.

BEHAVIOR
Notoceratops may have been a herding animal, and probably laid eggs, like other Ceratopsians.

INTELLIGENCE
Notoceratops was a ceratopsian, whose intelligence (as measured by its relative brain to body weight, or EQ) was intermediate among the dinosaurs.
EQ


DIET
Notoceratops was an herbivore, a plant eater. It probably ate cycads and other prehistoric plants with its tough, hook-like beak.

LOCOMOTION
Notoceratops, like other ceratopsians, walked on four short legs; it was a relatively slow dinosaur. Dinosaur speeds are estimated using their morphology (characteristics like leg length and estimated body mass) and fossilized trackways.

DISCOVERY OF FOSSILS
Notoceratops was named by Augusto Tapia in 1918 from a partial lower jaw found in Chubut, Argentina. This original Notoceratops bonarelli is missing and there is some doubt as to whether or not this fossil was actually a ceratopsian.

CLASSIFICATION
Notoceratops was an Ornithischian dinosaur, the order of bird-hipped, herbivorous dinosaurs. It was a Ceratopsian (a frilled, herding herbivores, that include Triceratops, Styracosaurus, etc.), and a Protoceratopsid (an early ceratopsian, which included Montanoceratops, Protoceratops, Leptoceratops, and others).





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