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Unescoceratops (Royal Ontario Museum)


Unescoceratops (Greek for "UNESCO horned face"); pronounced you-NESS-coe-SEH-rah-tops


Woodlands of North America

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (75 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 5 feet long and 200 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Small size; short frill; tough, horny beak


About Unescoceratops:

The newly discovered Unescoceratops wasn't the smallest ceratopsian (horned, frilled dinosaur) that ever lived--that honor belongs to "basal" species like Leptoceratops--but it still didn't have much to brag about. About five feet long from head to tail, Unescoceratops only weighed about as much as a healthy, adult human, and it possessed a short frill and a tough, horny beak reminiscent of a parrot's. The most notable thing about this dinosaur is its name: it was discovered near Canada's Dinosaur Provincial Park, a World Heritage site administered by UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

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