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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Suborder Cerapoda
  (unranked) Marginocephalia
  Infraorder Ceratopsia
  Family Ceratopsidae
  Genus Monoclonius
Monoclonius was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived in North America during the late Cretaceous period, about 76 to 73 million years ago.

Monoclonius was about 16½ feet (5 meters) long, and probably weighed about 2 tons.

Monoclonius was named by Edward Drinker Cope in 1876, soon after the first fossil specimen (a near complete skeleton including skull material and the pbase of the nasal horn, with only the feet missing) had been founded in Montana. Its name means "single stem" and refers to its teeth, which have a single root.

Although most scientists believe that Monoclonius became extinct many millions of years ago, some cryptozoologists (people who search for rumored or mythical animals whose existence is uncertain) have suggested that an animal claimed to be known to Pygmy tribes in Central Africa, known as "Emela-ntouka", might just be a surviving Monoclonius, or perhaps another Ceratopsian dinosaur such as Centrosaurus. So far however, there is no definitive proof of the existence of Emela-ntouka. For more information see Living Dinosaurs?


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Monoclonius was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 76 to 73 million years ago

Monoclonius was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 76 to 73 million years ago

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Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Monoclonius:
  1. Monoclonius was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Monoclonius" means "single stem" (referring to its teeth which have a single root). This name was chosen by Edward D. Cope in 1876.

  3. Monoclonius was a member of the Ornithischia ("bird-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Monoclonius was not closely related to birds, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Monoclonius was a Ceratopsian - a member of a group of related herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaurs with beaks, many of which had neck frills and horns as well.

  5. Monoclonius lived between about 76 million years ago and 73 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.

  6. Monoclonius lived in North America.

  7. Monoclonius was a herbivore (plant-eater).

  8. Monoclonius was about 16½ feet (5 meters) long.

  9. Monoclonius weighed about 2 tons.

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