anchiceratops

Aromantic Anchiceratops does not experience any romantic attraction.  This ceratopsian knows that they do not need romance or a romantic partner to feel fulfilled, happy and complete as an individual - your lack of romantic feelings do not determine the quality of your life, nor do they diminish your platonic love for your friends and family. 

Closely related to both Triceratops and Chasmosaurus, Anchiceratops’ most distinguishing feature is the array of bony, triangular projections surrounding its neck frill.  

Near the horned face, Anchiceratops (1914)

Phylum : Chordata
Class : Reptilia
Order : Ornithischia
Suborder : Ceratopsia
Family : Ceratopsidae
Subfamily : Chasmosaurinae
Genus : Anchiceratops
Species : A. ornatus

  • Late Cretaceous (76,4 - 69,9 Ma)
  • 5 m long and 1 500 kg (size)
  • Red deer river, Canada (map)

Anchiceratops brings to mind one of those kindergarten activities in which kids are asked to tell the difference between two virtually identical pictures. At first glance, this ceratopsian (horned, frilled dinosaur) looks indistinguishable from its better-known cousin Triceratops, until you notice the small, triangular projections on the top of Anchiceratops’ massive frill (which, like most such anatomical features, were probably a sexually selected characteristic).

Ever since it was named in 1914 by the famous paleontologist Barnum Brown, Anchiceratops has proven difficult to classify. Barnum himself concluded that this dinosaur was intermediate between Triceratops and the relatively obscure Monoclonius, but more recent analyses have placed it (somewhat surprisingly) closer to Chasmosaurus and another lesser known ceratopsian, Arrhinoceratops. It has even been suggested that Anchiceratops was an accomplished swimmer that enjoyed a hippopotamus-like lifestyle, a theory that has since fallen by the wayside.