Kosmoceratops

Name Kosmoceratops
(KOZ-mo-SARA-tops)
Kosmoceratops
Means Ornate horned face
Period Late Cretaceous
Where USA, Utah
Size Length: 15 feet
Height: approx. 6 feet
Weight: 5,511 lbs
 

Unearthed in 2010 Kosmoceratops is part of series of discoveries that have recently expanded the number of species in the ceratopsia, or horned-face, family of herbivorous dinosaurs. The most ornate skull of any known dinosaur with 10 hooks extending from the short, broad neck frill and 15 horn-like structures, Kosmoceratops is closely allied with Chasmosaurus from Alberta.

Chasmosaurines first appeared in Laramidia around 90 – 80 million years ago and had dispersed around the continent by 77 million years ago, finally giving rise to later species such as Triceratops.