New leptoceratopsid found from the Upper Cretaceous of Shandong Province, China
via: Chinese Academy of Sciences
are a group of small, quadrupedal horned dinosaurs that have so far been
found exclusively in the Upper Cretaceous of Asia and western North
America. With a typical body length of about two meters, they are much
smaller than the contemporary ceratopsids.
HE Yiming, a Ph. D.
student of Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Paleoanthropology,
Chinese Academy of Sciences, and his collaborators reported a new
leptoceratopsid dinosaur, Ischioceratops zhuchengensis, from the
bone-beds of the Upper Cretaceous Wangshi Group of Zhucheng, Shandong
Province, China. This fossil represents the second leptoceratopsid
dinosaur specimen recovered from the Kugou locality, a highly productive
site in Zhucheng.
characterized by robust jaws equipped with highly specialized large
teeth and, unlike ceratopsids, lack horns and have extremely short
frills. They share some of the advanced features seen in ceratopsids and
are closely related to the latter group…