Naturwissenschaften

, Volume 96, Issue 5, pp 645–652

Turanoceratops tardabilis—the first ceratopsid dinosaur from Asia

Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s00114-009-0518-9

Cite this article as:
Sues, HD. & Averianov, A. Naturwissenschaften (2009) 96: 645. doi:10.1007/s00114-009-0518-9

Abstract

Turanoceratops tardabilis from the Upper Cretaceous (Turonian) Bissekty Formation of Dzharakuduk, Uzbekistan, represents the first definite ceratopsid dinosaur recorded from Asia. Reexamination of the original and study of newly collected material indicate that Turanoceratops has well-developed supraorbital horns and apparently lacks a nasal horn. Turanoceratops is more derived than the more or less coeval Zuniceratops from the Moreno Hill Formation of New Mexico in the presence of double-rooted teeth and of two or three teeth in each vertical dental file.

Keywords

Dinosauria Ceratopsidae Cretaceous Asia 

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© US Government 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Museum of Natural HistorySmithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Zoological InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSaint PetersburgRussia