Agujaceratops

Agujaceratops was a member of the family Ceratops which also came from the subfamily of Chasmosaurinae. This genus has been discovered along the plains of Aguja, Texas, and Coahulia, Mexico in North America.

Key Facts

DomainDescription
Agujaceratops pronunciationA-gu-ha-seh-rah-tops
What does Agujaceratops mean?Horned face
Dinosaur typeCeratops
On the menuHerbivore
Length20’ (6 meters)
HeightUnknown
Weight4000 lbs (1814 kgs)
Life expectancyUnknown
Legs used to get aroundQuadrupedal
Estimated top speedUnknown
When they lived83 to 70 million years ago.
Where they have been found?Texas, North America.

When & Where

Lived from the Campanian age to the Maastrichtian age of the late Cretaceous period. They used to settle in swamps and terrestrial grasslands. 

In 1983, the first fossil remains of Agujaceratops were discovered by William Strain,  Professor Emeritus of Geological,  in Big Bend National Park, Texas. Years later, more partial skeletons were collected from the lower level areas of the Upper Shale, Aguja Formation in the Tornillo Group of Texas, North America.

Size & Weight

Measured for approximately 20 ft (6m) in length and an average weight of 4000 lbs (1814 kg). Making it two times less than the Asian elephant and similar to that of an Indian Rhinoceros. 

Mobility & Diet

This horned-face ceratop was a plant eater which mostly roamed in areas rich in vegetation. Their diet only includes leaves, twigs and branches. They were peaceful animals that didn’t hunt for meat. 

Interesting Points

  • Many scientists believe that the large skull of this ceratop can possibly be multi-folded, meaning they were able to fold and unfold their frills depending on the situation. 
  • It was originally named Chasmosaurus.
  • It was believed that this Ceratopsid went extinct approximately 66 million years ago.

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