Leptoceratops – herbivores with bite

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Did you know?

Unlike other dinosaurs, Leptoceratops features a remarkably short tail.

Vital statistics

Length:                                   2m (roughly half a hippo)

Height:                                    approximately 60 cm at hip

Weight:                                   100kg

Discovery:                               discovered 1914

Distinguishing features:        small size, proportionally massive, deep skull, low neck frill, large and sharp beak, short tail

Chronotex Field Observations

For those chrononauts at the TimeBase that study the local nightlife, Leptoceratops is a firm favourite. It’s a social animal and Leptoceratops families construct badger-like burrows, taking refuge in these underground dens during the day. The size and shape of this creature’s foot claws make them important digging tools.

Leptoceratops also has a permanently ‘frowning’ appearance, and its strikingly large eyes lend themselves to activity in low light – as a small, generalist herbivore living alongside giant predators well capable of capturing and killing it, such as Dakotaraptor and Tyrannosaurus, nocturnal activity appears to be advantageous for this animal.

 Key facts

  • Small, quadrupedal herbivore with proportionally huge skull and short tail
  • A miniature relative of Triceratops but belonging to a distinct lineage with small-bodied species present across North America, Europe and Asia
  • Powerful, sharp beak at front of jaws, jaws robust – a snappy animal with a strong bite
  • Curving microscopic wear marks on teeth reveal complex chewing actions
  • Long slender foot claws suggest good digging ability

 

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