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Goyocephale (Joao Boto)


Goyocephale (Greek for "adorned head"); pronounced GOY-oh-SEFF-ah-lee


Woodlands of Asia

Historical Period:

Late Cretaceous (85-70 million years ago)

Size and Weight:

About 6 feet long and 50-100 pounds



Distinguishing Characteristics:

Slim build; small protrusions on head

About Goyocephale:

Like its close cousin, Wannanosaurus, Goyocephale is important because it was ancestral to the more evolved (and thicker-skulled) pachycephalosaurs of the late Cretaceous period, such as Stegoceras and Stygimoloch. This small, nimble plant-eater had only rudimentary ornamentation on its head, and its relatively primitive skull was punctuated by noticeable holes (the skulls of later pachycephalosaurs, by contrast, were solid masses of bone).

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