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Period of life:
125-112 MYA
Era/period:
Cretaceous
Habitat:
China (East Asia)
Length:
Archaeoceratops Dino Pet
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Archeoceratops is one of the oldest genera of horned dinosaurs, which did not differ in large size and spectacular appearance. The archaism of these ornithischian animals is even emphasized in their name, which translates as "ancient horned muzzle".
Archeoceratops, like all ceratopsians, was a herbivore. During the Cretaceous period, flowering plants were geographically limited, so it is likely that this dinosaur fed on the predominant plants of that era: ferns, cycads, and conifers. This is indicated by the presence of a beak and powerful teeth, as well as the general structure of the jaw. Scientists suggest that it used its sharp beak to bite off leaves or needles and crush them to swallow. It is noteworthy that Archeoceratops is one of the most recently discovered dinosaurs - it was described only in 1997 after being found in north central China.