Okay, Ajkaceratops is one little dinosaur that we won’t mind walking around among us. It looks pretty cute, at least that is what the recreation by artist Nobu Tamura says. In this article on Ajkaceratops facts, we are going to read about some cool facts about this cute little dinosaur that went extinct millions of years ago. You ready?
Interesting Ajkaceratops Facts: 1-15
1. Ajkaceratops is the Greek word for Ajka Horned Face.
2. The name is pronounced as Eye-kah-SEH-rah-tops.
3. This dinosaur lived in the woodlands of the area what is now known as central Europe.
4. The most distinguishing feature of this cute little dinosaur is its short frill.
5. As we have already said, the dinosaur was small. Just how small? According to experts, it was nearly 3 feet in length from snout to tail tip.
6. Considering its small size, you cannot expect this dinosaur to be too heavy. It was not! It weighed merely 30-40 pounds.
7. Also, the reason we won’t mind having this dinosaur back is that it was an herbivore. It had no knack for meaty snacks.
8. The dinosaur lived in the Late Cretaceous period. In terms of years, that is around 85 million years ago.
9. What makes the Ajkaceratops really important is that it is world’s first ceratopsian dinosaur that came from Europe.
10. During Late Cretaceous, the ceratopsian dinosaurs were very common in North America and Asia. Before Ajkaceratops was discovered, it was believed that the ceratopsian dinosaurs were restricted to only those places.
11. Scientists believe that ancestors of Ajkaceratops actually originated in Asia and then radiated out finally reaching Late Cretaceous Europe. Back in those days, Europe wasn’t a full-blown continent. It was rather a chain of small islands.
12. Paleontologists believe that Ajkaceratops were quadrupedal and because of its small size it actually grazed on low-lying vegetation.
13. One of the most interesting Ajkaceratops facts is that it had beak-like mouth. This special feature helped it to crop vegetation.
14. Paleontologists also believe that the Ajkaceratops actually resembled larger ceratopsian dinosaurs of the later period such as the Diabloceratops and Chasmosaurus. However, the Ajkaceratops did not have horns for display and it even lacked elaborate neck frills as found in its later relatives.
15. The Ajkaceratops remains were found in Csehbanya Formation. Paleontologists believe that the area was a flood plain during Late Cretaceous. So, the fertile ground had low lush vegetation on which the Ajkaceratops survived.
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At a Glance
Species: A. kozmai
Lived: 85 million years ago in Late Cretaceous Europe, Santonian Age
Size: Nearly 3 feet
Weight: 30-40 pounds
Special Characteristics: Small Frill
Dinosaur Type: Ceratopsian
Found In: Csehbanya Formation, Hungary