Newly Described: Ischioceratops zhuchengensis

New leptoceratopsid found from the Upper Cretaceous of Shandong Province, China

via: Chinese Academy of Sciences

The leptoceratopsids 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.

Leptoceratopsids are 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…

(read more: PhysOrg)

images: Hyrotrioskjan and Yiming et al.