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Gryphoceratops, smallest leptoceratopsid

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  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean


    Saw the image before the text and thought, "Small?!!?!?"


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean


    Wait, I'm confused. Is it called Gryphoceratops or Gryphognathus?


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭Adam Khor


    Galvasean wrote: »
    Wait, I'm confused. Is it called Gryphoceratops or Gryphognathus?
    Well the original name was Gryphognathus but now it seems they changed it to Gryphoceratops :S


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 20,759 ✭✭✭✭dlofnep


    Doesn't ceratops imply a horn existed? I don't see any in that image?


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean


    dlofnep wrote: »
    Doesn't ceratops imply a horn existed? I don't see any in that image?

    Technically yes, ceratops does mean 'horned face', but the name seems to be the 'go to' for all ceratopsian dinosaurs (Protoceratops means 'first horned face' despite not having any horns or even being the first ceratopsian), much like how many dinosaurs have 'saurus' in their names despite not being lizards.


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭Adam Khor


    dlofnep wrote: »
    Doesn't ceratops imply a horn existed? I don't see any in that image?

    It is as Galvasean says, but plus, the image is of an Udanoceratops, not a Gryphoceratops/Gryphognathus. None of them had horns as far as we know, tho.


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean


    Thread title changed for the sake of posterity.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭Adam Khor


    More info on Grypoceratops and the (IMO) badly, badly named Unescoceratops:

    http://esciencenews.com/articles/2012/03/12/scientists.name.2.new.species.horned.dinosaur


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