Ceratopsidae

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Ceratopsids
Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 83–66 Ma
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Triceratops prorsus skeleton, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
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Centrosaurus "nasicornus" skeleton, Palaeontological Museum Munich
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Parvorder: Coronosauria
Superfamily: Ceratopsoidea
Family: Ceratopsidae
Marsh, 1888
Subgroups
Synonyms

Agathaumidae Cope, 1891
Torosauridae Nopcsa, 1915 Pachyrhinosauridae Sternberg, 1950

Ceratopsidae (sometimes spelled Ceratopidae) is a family of dinosaurs including Triceratops, Torosaurus, and Styracosaurus. All known species were quadrupedal herbivores from the Upper Cretaceous, mainly of Western North America (though Sinoceratops is known from Asia[1] as well as possible fossils in Japan, and Kazakhstan)[source?] and are characterized by beaks and elaborate horns and frills. The group is divided into two subfamilies (see Taxobox).

References[change | change source]

  1. Xu, X.; Wang, K.; Zhao, X.; Li, D. (2010). "First ceratopsid dinosaur from China and its biogeographical implications". Chinese Science Bulletin 55: 1631–1635. doi:10.1007/s11434-009-3614-5.