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Medusaceratops: Two-ton plant-eater lived 78 million years ago in Montana

Medusaceratops: Two-ton plant-eater lived 78 million years ago in Montana

Medusaceratops acquired its name from the way that the upper horns curve downwards, which gave the vague of impression of the snakes that rise out of the head of Medusa in Greek mythology.

Medusaceratops belongs to the Chasmosaurinae subfamily of the horned dinosaur family Ceratopsidae.

Fossils of Medusaceratops were discovered in a bonebed on private land adjacent to the Milk river in north, central Montana. Fossils and other material was acquired by Canada Fossil Inc. (Calgary, Alberta) in mid 1990s.

Medusaceratops had giant brow bones more than 3 feet long over each eye, and a large, shield-like frill off the back of its skull adorned with large curling hooks.

Timeline:
Era: Mesozoic
Epoch: Late Cretaceous
Stage: Campanian
Age range: 84-71 mya
Stats:
Est. max. length: 6 meters
Est. max. weight: 2.2 tons
Diet: Herbivore

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