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Mojoceratops: Facts You Won't Believe!

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The fossil record of Mojoceraops includes partial skulls and a parietal found in the Dinosaur Park Formation of Alberta and Saskatchewan. These are preserved under the name of holotype specimen TMP 1983.25.1. Nicholas Longrich first observed the distinct frills on this dinosaur while he was studying the dinosaur fossils at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in 2008.

Mojoceratops Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Mojoceratops'?

The dinosaur's name is pronounced as 'Mo-jo-seh-ra-tops'.

What type of dinosaur was a Mojoceratops?

Mojoceratops was a ceratopsian dinosaur.

In which geological period did the Mojoceratops roam the Earth?

Mojoceratops used to live around 75-76.5 million years ago during the Campanian age, which was around the late Cretaceous period.

When did the Mojoceratops become extinct?

Like other similar species of Ceratopsians, this ceratopsian dinosaur also became extinct around 65 million years ago.

Where did Mojoceratops live?

This plant-eater used to live in plain grasslands and forests.

What was the Mojoceratops' habitat?

This dinosaur roamed in the plains of western Canada, specifically Alberta. 

Who did the Mojoceratops live with?

Mojoceratos were flocking animals. They are presumed to have lived in small groups of three to five dinosaurs.

How long did a Mojoceratops live?

The lifespan of this dinosaur is not known.

How did they reproduce?

Mojoceratos used to lay eggs, that is, they were oviparous.

Mojoceratops Fun Facts

What did the Mojoceratops look like?

This new species of dinosaurs had three horns on its face, two brow horns, and a third, rectangular, almost flat nose horn. Compared to other dinosaurs belonging to the same family, Mojoceratops had relatively longer horns over each eye. These upward-angled horns were thin and also protruded to the side. The most significant part of this animal was its large heart-shaped frills on its head which extended into a smaller neck frill. They had curved beaks and small teeth in the back of their mouth for clipping foliage and feeding on them.

Mojoceratops had an exclusive heart-shaped frill made of bones.

How many bones did a Mojoceratops have?

The number of bones in these animals is not known due to incomplete fossils, but they possessed heart-shaped horns on their head along with three other horns.

How did they communicate?

The method of communication of Mojoceratops has not been defined. But it is assumed that visual projections of jaw clapping and grinding mandibles against upper jaws physical attributes like striking decorations along with different postures were the primary ways of communicating.

How big was the Mojoceratops?

This dinosaur species may have grown to a height of 16.4-19.6 ft (5‭‬-‭‬6‭ ‬m) in length from its beak to tail and 7 ft (2 m) in height, just like any other members of the ceratopsian family.

How fast could a Mojoceratops move?

The exact speed of the Mojoceratops is unknown, but their close kin, Centrosaurus used to move at the speed of 20 mph (32.18 kph). 

How much did a Mojoceratops weigh?

This new species of ceratopsians weighed around 4000 lb (1814.3 kg).

What were the male and female names of the species?

Males and females of this species did not have any specific names. There had been minimal distinctions between males and females.

What would you call a baby Mojoceratops?

Just like any other baby dinosaur, a baby Shuangbaisaurus was also known as a hatchling. They could also simply be referred to as baby Mojoceratops.

How aggressive were they?

Similar to other Ceratopsians, this beast was also was relatively aggressive.

Did You Know…

In 2010, Nicholas Longrich was the first to name this dinosaur species Mojoceratops perifania, as previously this genus was confused with other horned dinosaurs of the same Ceratopsidae family.

The meaning of the generic name comes from the word 'mojo', which means magic charm or talisman that is used for attracting members of the opposite gender. Greek words 'ceras' meaning horn, and 'ops' meaning face are incorporated in the name as well. The meaning of the specific name 'perifania' means pride in Greek. The genus name means 'mojo horned face'.

Eight partial skulls were uncovered by Longrich of this particular species.

*We've been unable to source an image of Mojoceratops and have used an image of Prenoceratops instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Mojoceratops, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

*We've been unable to source an image of Mojoceratops and have used an image of Styracosaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Mojoceratops, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

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