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cer·a·top·si·an

 (sĕr′ə-tŏp′sē-ən)
n.
Any of various herbivorous quadrupedal ornithischian dinosaurs of the group Ceratopsia of the Cretaceous Period, having a beaked mouth, usually a bony frill on the back of the skull, and sometimes horns.

[From New Latin Cerātōpsia, suborder name : Greek keras, kerāt-, horn; see ker- in Indo-European roots + Greek ōps, eye, face; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]

cer′a·top′si·an adj.
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ceratopsian

(ˌsɛrəˈtɒpsɪən) or

ceratopsid

adj
resembling or belonging to the Ceratopsia, a suborder of herbivorous dinosaurs characterized by their parrot-like beaks, horns, and neck frills
n
a dinosaur of the suborder Ceratopsia
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cer·a·top·si·an

(sĕr′ə-tŏp′sē-ən)
Any of various medium-sized to large, plant-eating dinosaurs of the late Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. Ceratopsians walked on four legs and had a broad bony plate covering the neck, a beaked mouth, and one or more horns on the head. Triceratops is an example of a ceratopsian.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ceratopsian - any of several four-footed herbivorous dinosaurs with enormous beaked skullsceratopsian - any of several four-footed herbivorous dinosaurs with enormous beaked skulls; of the late Cretaceous in North America and Mongolia
ornithischian, ornithischian dinosaur - herbivorous dinosaur with a pelvis like that of a bird
Ceratopsia, suborder Ceratopsia - horned dinosaurs
protoceratops - small horned dinosaur
triceratops - huge ceratopsian dinosaur having three horns and the neck heavily armored with a very solid frill
styracosaur, styracosaurus - an unusual ceratopsian dinosaur having many large spikes around the edge of its bony frill and a long nose horn; late Cretaceous
psittacosaur, psittacosaurus - primitive dinosaur actually lacking horns and having only the beginning of a frill; long hind limbs and short forelimbs; may have been bipedal
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"Before this study," says Morschhauser, "we had to rely on Psittacosaurus, a more distantly related and unusual ceratopsian, for our picture of what the last bipedal ceratopsian looked like."
A dispute arose in 2008 when the Seversons learned about the fossils -- a 22-foot-long (7-meter-long) theropod and a 28-foot-long (9-meter-long) ceratopsian.
The Protoceratops was a genus of the sheep-sized herbivorous ceratopsian dinosaur during the Upper Cretaceous Period.
(2008): Stable isotope evidence for changes in dietary niche partitioning among hadrosaurian and ceratopsian dinosaurs of the Hell Creek Formation, North Dakota.
In 2009, we began to uncover a massive ceratopsian (horned dinosaur) bone bed, or graveyard, which is as long as a football field and crammed with bones.
The final chapter in the first part, "Pigeon-Holing the 'Dino-Birds'" by Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, a specialist in bone growth in tetrapods and ceratopsian dinosaurs, examines aspects of the lineage that records the transition from theropod dinosaurs to birds.
The books draw on research conducted over two decades, made possible because of the discovery of a densely packed bonebed near Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, which yielded a new species of horned dinosaur, the ceratopsian. In addition to the main descriptive paper, the book includes information about the distribution of bones within the bonebed itself, and a digital treatment of CT-scan data of the fossils to reveal the anatomy of the animal's brain.
-- It has been argued that ceratopsian humeri have massive shafts that are prima facie evidence of galloping.
The group analyzed fossils of 46 ceratopsian dinosaur species but could not find any difference between the species' living together and those living at a different place.
Visitors will meet Mamenchisaurus, a huge plant-eater with the longest neck of any animal in history; the unicorn-like duck-billed Tsintaosaurus; and a miniature ceratopsian called Psittacosaurus, or parrot lizard; Sinosauropteryx and Caudipteryx, two of the feathered dinosaurs that have electrified the world of paleontology--and who can resist the sight of a Monolophosaurus locked in mortal combat with a Tuojiangosaurus?
Researchers discovered the fossilized horn of a ceratopsian - likely a Triceratops, which are common to the area - in the Hell Creek formation in Montana last year.