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Diabloceratops

Build & Characteristics

  • The name Diabloceratops combines the Spanish word Diablo, meaning “devil”, a reference to the horns on the neck shield, with the Latinized Greek word ceratops, meaning “horned face”, a usual element in ceratopsian (quadrupedal herbivore) names.
  • Diabloceratops was a medium sized, moderately-built, ground dwelling, quadrupedal herbivore (four-legged plant eater) that measured an average of 18 feet (5.5 meters) long and weighed 2000-4000 pounds (1-2 tons), roughly the same weight as a modern day Rhinoceros or Indian Elephant.
  • The Diabloceratops had a beak-like mouth to gather its large plant based diet.
  • Like most dinosaurs, Diabloceratops reproduced by laying eggs similar to modern day reptiles.

History

  • The name Diabloceratops combines the Spanish word Diablo, meaning “devil”, a reference to the horns on the neck shield, with the Latinized Greek word ceratops, meaning “horned face”, a usual element in ceratopsian (quadrupedal herbivore) names.
  • Diabloceratops was a medium sized, moderately-built, ground dwelling, quadrupedal herbivore (four-legged plant eater) that measured an average of 18 feet (5.5 meters) long and weighed 2000-4000 pounds (1-2 tons), roughly the same weight as a modern day Rhinoceros or Indian Elephant.
  • The Diabloceratops had a beak-like mouth to gather its large plant based diet.
  • Like most dinosaurs, Diabloceratops reproduced by laying eggs similar to modern day reptiles.

Discovery

  • The first skeletal remains of Diabloceratops were discovered in 1998. These remains were found in Utah near the Wahweap Formation, and then excavated in 2000.
  • There are only two known specimens of Diabloceratops, and are unique to Utah.
  • Diabloceratops can be seen on display at the National History Museum of Utah.