Xenoceratops belongs to the family of centrosaurine ceratopsid dinosaur that had been found existed in the middle Campanian stage of Late Cretaceous period. The fossil remains of the species were first discovered in Canada, Alberta - Foremost Formation. This herbivore species comes under the classification of Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ceratopsia, Ceratopsidae, Centrosaurinae.
The species was first named and described by M. J. Ryan, D. C. Evans & K. M. Shepherd in 2012. The found fossil representation includes Partial frill and horn material which is the combined fossil specimen of more than three individuals. Xenoceratops structure and weight still remain unpredicted due to the incomplete remains but its length was roughly predicted to be of 6 meters long.
Xenoceratops is preserved in CMN (Canadian Museum of Nature) 53282 which consist major portions of skull fragments that include frill and partial nasal. The frill of this species has no bumps or other ornamentation which is its distinguishing feature from other centrosaurines. The species showed similar characteristics that of Albertaceratops and Diabloceratops. Scientists on proceeding with further researches came to the conclusion that this species solely belong to an herbivore type.
Xenoceratops (Alien horned face).
M. J. Ryan, D. C. Evans & K. M. Shepherd - 2012.
Chordata, Reptilia, Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Ceratopsia, Ceratopsidae, Centrosaurinae.