What is a zhuchengceratops

Zhuchengceratops - Zhuchengceratops

Extinct genus of reptiles

Zhuchengceratops is a genus of extinct leptoceratopsid ceratopsian that lived during the Upper Cretaceous of what is now China. It was first published in 2010 by Xu et al. who is the binomial Zhuchengceratops excpectus . The name derives from the location of Zhucheng, the Latin-Greek Ceratops or "horned face" and the unexpected articulation of the holotype. The skeleton was found in the Wangshi Group, which dates from the Late Cretaceous Period, and most of the fossils are just disarticulated bones from Shantungosaurus .

Zhuchengceratops- Proportions may have features with Leptoceratopsidae as well as other ceratopsic groups such as Ceratopsidae. The overall size of the taxon was similar to that of Leptoceratops , albeit a little bigger. It has been analyzed that Zhuchengceratops to a group with Leptoceratops and Udanoceratops heard although the internal relationships of this triplet were unsolved.

Discovery and naming

Fossil skull and lower jaw

Zhuchengceratops is a derived leptoceratopsid ceratopsian that lived during the Late Cretaceous Period in what is now Kugou, Zhucheng County, China. It is known from a partial joint skeleton that includes vertebrae, ribs, teeth and parts of the skull and lower jaw. The fossils were recovered from the Wangshi group of the late Cretaceous period. This genus was named by Xing Xu, Kebai Wang, Xijin Zhao, Corwin Sullivan and Shuqing Chen in 2010, and the type species is Zhuchengceratops inexpectus . The generic name was chosen for the location of Zhucheng, where the holotype was found, and the Latinized - Greek ceraptops Mean "horned face". They chose the species name altruistic to point out the unexpected discovery of the joint skeleton.

The won copy of Zhuchengceratops probably represents an adult and is slightly larger than most of the similar ceratopsian adults Leptoceratops which was about 2 meters long. Zhuchengceratops had a particularly massive and deep 50 cm long lower jaw, which is also transversely thin. These and a number of other autapomorphies, which are unique to the genus, give it importance in increasing the morphological disparity and taxonomic diversity of the Leptoceratopsidae. As the third leptoceratopsid from Asia, this find shows the coexistence and irradiation of two closely related clades, whose differences in the adjustment of the jaws and teeth can represent different feeding strategies.

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