17 Navajoceratops Facts That Kids Will Love


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Are you fascinated by ancient creatures and animals? Then you are in the perfect place. Here we have brought out some cool facts about a new species of dinosaur. We present to you the Navajoceraptos!

The Navajoceraptops is a relatively new species whose new specimens have been recently discovered. As a result, not much is known about this dinosaur. Belonging to the family of Ceratopsidae, which underwent an evolutionary split when the continent of America separated into North and South, makes this dinosaur a transitional species. These dinosaurs have been found in New Mexico and other parts of North America like Central Utah, North Dakota, and other areas. These species of dinosaurs were belonged to a family of herbivores and thus consumed only plants, fruits, and seeds.

Owing to limited research, not much is known about their behavior and other social features!

Navajoceratops Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Navajoceratops'?

The ideal way to pronounce Navajoceratops is 'Nava-ho-cera-tops'.

What type of dinosaur was a Navajoceratops?

The Navajoceratops was a ceratopsid dinosaur that belonged to the order of Ornithischia of the Animalia Kingdom.

In which geological period did the Navajoceratops roam the Earth?

It is estimated by observing the research and the fossils of the new species that this dinosaur lived on our planet during the late cretaceous period. Though the Cretaceous period started 145.5 million years ago, the late cretaceous period lasted from 100.5-66 million years ago. Therefore we can say that according to natural history, the Navajoceraptops existed on Earth within this time frame.

When did the Navajoceratops become extinct?

The exact time reference as to when the Navajoceraptos became extinct is currently unknown. However, we can make an assumption based on the natural and the evolutionary history of the transitional dinosaur species. It has been found by scientists that each species existed roughly for a period of 10-15 million years. Therefore it can be assumed that this new species that underwent an evolutionary split became extinct towards the end of the late cretaceous period.

Where did Navajoceratops live?

Dinosaur fossils of the Navajoceratops showcase that these were transitional species underwent evolutionary split as the northern and southern populations in North America split into two. Once the splitting of the two continents took place, the dinosaur species became separated from each other. As a result, the Navajoceraptos were left in North America. Discovered site of the fossils has been known to parts of Central Utah, New Mexico, Southern Alberta, North Dakota, and other associated places.

What was the Navajoceratops' habitat?

To understand the habitat of the Navajoceraptos, you need to know the climate that was persistent during the Late Cretaceous period. During this period, the climate of the planet was hot and humid. This means that there was an abundance of greens and vegetation. The climatic conditions facilitated the growth of plants, and thus the preferred habitat of these dinosaurs were grasslands and forests. These dinosaurs were herbivores, and thus they fed only on grass, plants, fruits, and seeds which were present in plenty.

Who did the Navajoceratops live with?

Not much is known about the social habits and features of this dinosaur, but we can assume that based on the social abilities of species belonging to the same family and order. Evidence has been found where groups or herds of dinosaurs show that few species of these animals lived and traveled together while many species of dinosaurs often led a solitary life. Since the Navajoceraptos were a part of the Ceratopsidae family whose constituent members lived in groups, thus we can assume that the Navajoceraptos were social animals.

How long did a Navajoceratops live?

The Navajoceraptos had a heavily built bulky body like other different dinosaurs that belonged to the family of Ceratopsidae. Owing to very little information is available on the internet on these transitional species, the lifespan of these dinosaurs is not known. However, we can assume their age based on their sizes, and from that, we can assume that these dinosaurs might have had a lifespan of around 50 years.

How did they reproduce?

Just like the modern age reptiles, the dinosaurs were all born from eggs. Since dinosaurs depicted signs of territorial behavior, it can also be assumed that they might have fought with one another to attract the attention of their breeding mate. Courtship rituals might have been prevalent among these ancient lizards. The eggs were internally fertilized, and after being laid, they were probably incubated.

Navajoceratops Fun Facts

What did the Navajoceratops look like?

They looked similar to other species like the triceratops. They perhaps had a singular horn, but again such conclusions cannot be drawn.

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

How many bones did a Navajoceratops have?

Since the Navajoceraptos is one species that has been recently discovered, not much is known about it. New Species that have been found are inadequate as some portions of the skeleton have been discovered. As a result, the total number of bones of a Navajoceraptos is currently unknown.

How did they communicate?

Scientists and paleontologists have found numerous pieces of evidence that dinosaurs communicated with one another using different ways—these involved vocal sounds and body signs. Dinosaurs might have made cracking or croaking sounds.

How big was the Navajoceratops?

Unfortunately, there isn't any information regarding the size of the Navajoceratops.

How fast could a Navajoceratops move?

We can assume that they were not dinosaurs who could move fast.

How much did a Navajoceratops weigh?

Again, there is a lack of information regarding the weight of the Navajoceratops.

What were the male and female names of the species?

There are no distinct names that are used to differentiate between a male and a female dinosaur. Therefore a male Navojoceraptos is simply known as a male, while in the case of the female Navajoceraptos, they are known as a female.

What would you call a baby Navajoceratops?

Animals that are born by hatching eggs are known as hatchlings. Therefore the same is applied to dinosaurs too. Thus a baby dinosaur is also known as a hatchling. In the case of a baby Navajoceraptos, they are known as Navajoceraptos hatchling.

How aggressive were they?

There has been quite a controversy among scientists and researchers about the aggressive behavior and the nature of these dinosaurs. Navojoceratops could have been new dinosaurs that were aggressive towards other dinosaurs owing to their huge horns.

Did you know…

One of the species of the genus Navajoceraptos, Navajoceratops sullivani, has been named after Robert M. Sullivan as a tribute to R. Sullivan, who led an expedition to research and discover new specimens of these species of new dinosaurs.

Due to a lack of data, it is not really clear whether the Navajoceratops could spit venom or whether they had neck frills. Based on the research, these dinosaurs probably had a frill shape neck!

**We've been unable to source an image of Navajoceraptos and have used an image of T-Rex instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Navajoceraptos, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

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