Judiceratops

The Judiceratops dinosaurs were classified under the category of chasmosaurine ceratopsid which was estimated to have its origin around 78 million years before in the end of the Cretaceous Period from the region of Montana in USA, these dinosaurs were ground-dwellers following quadrupedal locomotion and it is also a herbivorous animal, they are the primitive ground dwellers similar to that of the Triceratops.

The dinosaur’s skeletons explained from the holotype YPM VPPU 022404 shows that only part of the skull was obtained having postorbital horns, fragments containing frontals, prefrontals, and lacrimals also the fragments containing only partial parts from the right squamosal and parietals, the occipital condyle and also the fragments of the supraoccipital, other species recovered were reported to possess the same squamosal bones which are only partially found.

Judiceratops

These dinosaurs are differentiated from the ceratopsid in many ways since they have some unique characteristics, the dinosaurs fossils contains a broader midline bar in the frill which is known to be the parietal bone, the caudal margin is in circular shape, smaller osteoderms which are nothing but bony projections found in the frills back edge known to be the epiparietals, these osteoderms protrudes sideways from that of the frill whose formation is through the squamosal known as the episquamosals these are bigger from the front view but in smaller in the rear end size wise. The horns which are found above the eyes known to be the postorbital horns which are known to be slightly long, the forwards and outwards are joined together and the cross-section shape resembles a tear drop.

Judiceratops facts:
Name: Judiceratops (Judith horned face - after the Judith River Formation).
Named By:

Nicholas R. Longrich - 2013.

Time period:

Campanian of the Cretaceous.

Fossil representation: Incomplete skull.