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Avaceratops was comparatively small compared to most other Ceratopsian dinosaurs, about 7½ feet (2,3 meters) long. Like other Ceratopsian dinosaurs, Avaceratops had a neck frill, however unlike most of its relatives, the neck frill was solid, with no openings (fenestrae). The lack of fenestrae is in fact a feature also found in Triceratops, so it is possible that Avaceratops was ancestral to Triceratops.
The first fossils of Avaceratops were found in the Judith River Formation in Montana by Eddie Cole in 1981. The animal was formally named by Peter Dodson in 1986, its name being partly in honor of Cole's wife, Ava - its name means "Ava's horned face".
Avaceratops was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 80 to 75 million years ago
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