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.
The dinosaur's name is pronounced as 'Mo-jo-seh-ra-tops'.
Mojoceratops was a ceratopsian dinosaur.
Mojoceratops used to live around 75-76.5 million years ago during the Campanian age, which was around the late Cretaceous period.
Like other similar species of Ceratopsians, this ceratopsian dinosaur also became extinct around 65 million years ago.
This plant-eater used to live in plain grasslands and forests.
This dinosaur roamed in the plains of western Canada, specifically Alberta.
Mojoceratos were flocking animals. They are presumed to have lived in small groups of three to five dinosaurs.
The lifespan of this dinosaur is not known.
Mojoceratos used to lay eggs, that is, they were oviparous.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
This new species of ceratopsians weighed around 4000 lb (1814.3 kg).
Males and females of this species did not have any specific names. There had been minimal distinctions between males and females.
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.
Similar to other Ceratopsians, this beast was also was relatively aggressive.
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.
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