Spiclypeus Interesting Facts
How do you pronounce 'Spiclypeus'?
Spiclypeus shipporum pronounciation is 'spic-lip-ee-us'. The generic name is derived from Latin 'spica', meaning 'spike', and 'clypeus', meaning 'shield', named after its unique frill and several large spike-like horn decoration on its margin.
What type of dinosaur was a Spiclypeus?
This dinosaur belongs to the Chordata phylum, the Reptilia class, the order Ornithischia, the Dinosauria clade, and the family Ceratopsidae. It has one type species, the S. shipporum.
In which geological period did the Spiclypeus roam the earth?
Fossil remains indicate that the Spiclypeus dinosaur lived during the Late Cretaceous era.
When did the Spiclypeus become extinct?
These dinosaurs went extinct during the K-T mass extinction, nearly 65 million years ago.
Where did a Spiclypeus live?
Spiclypeus shipporum fossil remains were recovered from the Judith River Formation which was the Upper Cretaceous or Campanian of Montana, North America. This indicates that they lived in this area. Fossils of this species were also found near Alberta, Canada.
What was a Spiclypeus's habitat?
This dinosaur lived near regions that provided it with plenty of food and water such as forests, riversides, floodplains, and swamps.
Who did a Spiclypeus live with?
The social life and behavior of this dinosaur are unknown.
How long did a Spiclypeus live?
Despite having unhealthy bones, analysis and studies conducted on it revealed that it lived up to 10 years at least.
How did they reproduce?
They reproduced via sexual reproduction. Males would deposit their sperm inside females, who would later lay fertilized eggs containing developing dinosaur embryos. They built nests by digging burrows in the soil and laid giant eggs which had a hard layered shell. All the eggs were usually amniotic, meaning the fetus was covered by a membrane which helped in its protection as well as supplying oxygen and other nutrients to the fetus.
Spiclypeus Fun Facts
What did a Spiclypeus look like?
The Spiclypeus skeleton recovered from Judith River revealed that it had a robust ceratopsid build, an impressive head frill, and triangular spikes that decorated its margins. The reconstructed skull of this dinosaur revealed how large and intimidating it was, being 65 in (167 cm) in length. Its horns were unlike any other dinosaurs, and so was its skull, adorned with spikes that curled forward and others that projected outward. Its upper beak was strongly hooked, from above the frill on its skull look relatively flat and triangular. The frill patterns on this dinosaur have not been seen in any other species as even the rear bones have a frill. It is often compared to a Triceratops but can be easily separated thanks to its unique frill, bone structure, and bony spikes that curl forward and outward.
How many bones did a Spiclypeus have?
This spiked shield dinosaur was found at the Judith River Formation and is described from bones representing the skull, legs, hips, and backbone of an individual.
How did they communicate?
Communication among creatures that roamed the Earth during the Late Cretaceous era is still a mystery but many scientists over past decades have come up with several theories that suggest possible ways these animals communicated. Some have put forth the theory of vocalizations and that these ferocious beasts engaged in dialogue by producing calls, hoots, cracking sounds, body movements, and symbolic love calls during the mating season.
How big was a Spiclypeus?
This horned dinosaur grew up to 15–20 ft (4.5–6 m) in length.
How fast could a Spiclypeus move?
The speed rate of these dinosaurs is unknown.
How much did a Spiclypeus weigh?
Adult dinosaurs of this species weighed around 6613-8818 lb (3,000–4,000 kg).
What were the male and female names of the species?
The female species are called saura, whereas the males are called saurus.
What would you call a baby Spiclypeus?
Young Spiclypeus babies can be referred to as hatchlings.
What did they eat?
Since they were herbivores, their diet mainly consisted of plants and fruits.
How aggressive were they?
Scientists speculate that it wasn't necessarily aggressive, but this dinosaur was good at defending itself thanks to its spiked shield.
Did you know...
The reconstructed skull of Judith is on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.
Mike Skrepnick is known for creating illustrations of pre-historic creatures including a 3D skull reconstruction of this species!
Who found the Spiclypeus?
Bill D. Shipp found the specimen on his property near the Judith River in Montana, North America. This was followed by the discovery of this new species that was later described and classified as a type species in 2016 by Jordan Mallon, Christopher J. Ott, Peter L. Larson, Edward M. Iuliano, and David C. Evans.
What is special about the Spiclypeus bones recovered?
This species was known for having a highly diseased left humerus (upper arm bone). Its humerus showed signs of arthritis and bone infection, and it certainly lived a life of pain and probably limped and walked on only three legs as the left forelimb was destroyed from within.
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