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Ceratopsian Dinosaurs



Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Suborder Cerapoda
  (unranked) Marginocephalia
  Infraorder Ceratopsia
The Ceratopsia (meaning "horned faces") are an infraorder of herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaurs, that were characterized by having beaks. Early members of this infraorder, such as Psittacosaurus, were bipedal (walking on two legs). Later Ceratopsians tended to be much larger and quadrupedal (walking on four legs), often had elaborate neck frills and facial horns, and included dinosaurs such as Triceratops and Styracosaurus.

Ceratopsians first appeared during the late Jurassic period and survived until the end of the Cretaceous period. At the end of the Cretaceous. about 65 million years ago, the last Ceratopsians, along with all the other remaining non-avian dinosaurs, died out during a mass extinction.

The Ceratopsia infraorder, together with the infraorders of Pachycephalosauria ("thick-headed lizards") and Ornithopoda ("bird feet"), form the the suborder Cerapoda of the Ornithischian dinosaurs. Ceratopsians are sometimes grouped together with Pachycephalosaurs as the Marginocephalia ("fringed heads"), since the these two infraorders share some common features and appear to be related.

Dinosaur Classification

The skull of Ceratopsians is the most common part of the animal to be preserved as a fossil (in contrast to other dinosaurs, where the skulls are often not found). Indeed, a number of species of Ceratopsians are known only from their skulls.

Ceratopsian skulls:



Albertoceratops
 


Anchiceratops
 


Avaceratops
 


Centrosaurus
 


Chasmosaurus
 


Monoclonius
 

Ceratopsian Dinosaur Timeline:



Ceratopsian dinosaurs first appeared during the late Jurassic, about 156 million years ago, and survived until the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago

Ceratopsian dinosaurs first appeared during the late Jurassic, about 156 million years ago, and survived until the end of the Cretaceous period, about 65 million years ago

Types of Ceratopsian Dinosaur



Here is a list of some Ceratopsian dinosaurs:

Dinosaur

Achelousaurus
Achelousaurus
 

Agujaceratops
Agujaceratops
 

Anchiceratops
Anchiceratops
 

Avaceratops
Avaceratops
 

Centrosaurus
Centrosaurus
 

Chasmosaurus
Chasmosaurus
 

Diabloceratops
Diabloceratops
 

Eotriceratops
Eotriceratops
 

Monoclonius
Monoclonius
 

Pachyrhinosaurus
Pachyrhinosaurus
 

Pentaceratops
Pentaceratops
 

Protoceratops
Protoceratops
 

Psittacosaurus
Psittacosaurus
 

Styracosaurus
Styracosaurus
 

Torosaurus
Torosaurus
 

Triceratops
Triceratops
 

Zuniceratops
Zuniceratops
 



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Ceratopsian Dinosaur Books


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Horned Dinosaurs: The Ceratopsians (The Dinosaur Library)
By Thom Holmes

Brand: Enslow Publishers
Released: August 1st, 2001
Library Binding (128 pages)

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  • ISBN: 0766014517
  • EAN: 9780766014510
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  • Product Category: Library Binding
  • Number of Pages: 128
  • Authors: Thom Holmes, Laurie Holmes
  • Publication Date: August 1st, 2001
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Horns and Beaks: Ceratopsian and Ornithopod Dinosaurs (Life of the Past)
Indiana University Press
Released: November 14th, 2006
Hardcover (384 pages)

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Horns and Beaks: Ceratopsian and Ornithopod Dinosaurs (Life of the Past)
  • Manufacturer: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 025334817X
  • EAN: 9780253348173
  • PartNumber: 127 b&w illustrations, 20 tables
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  • Number of Pages: 384
  • Publication Date: November 14th, 2006
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New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Royal Tyrrell Museum Ceratopsian Symposium (Life of the Past)
Indiana University Press
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New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Royal Tyrrell Museum Ceratopsian Symposium (Life of the Past)
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Fierce Dinosaurs: Pachycephalosaurs and Ceratopsians (Dino Explorers)
By Clare Hibbert

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Released: August 15th, 2018
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  • ISBN: 1978500084
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  • Number of Pages: 32
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Dinosaurs!!! Kid's Book About Triceratops Horridus and Other Ceratopsians from the Cretaceous Period. (Awesome Facts & Pictures for Kids about Dinosaurs 2)
By Nathanial E J Hogan

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Protoceratops Andrewsi, A Pre-Ceratopsian Dinosaur From Mongolia.
By Walter and William K. Gregory Granger

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Anchiceratops, A New Genus of Horned Dinosaurs from the Edmonton Cretaceous of Alberta. With Discussion of the Origin of the Ceratopsian Crest and the Brain Casts of Anchieratops and Trachodon
By Barnum Brown

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