Nasutoceratops is a small to medium horned dinosaur that lives during the Late Cretaceous period around 75 million years ago. It is often overlooked by its bigger and more famous relations, but is still a fascinating dinosaur. It was thought to roam in herds for protections and breeding and would have made quite a sight moving from place to place.
Nasutoceratops was a ceratopsian dinosaur that is distinguishable from other horned dinosaurs by its smaller size, a rounded rather than pointed horn on its nose, and long horizontal horns that are the longest, both literal and comparatively of any horned dinosaur. It could be up to 15ft long and weight 3-4000 lbs.
Our Theory About Nasutoceratops in Jurassic World Dominion
We have a theory about the upcoming movie Jurassic World Dominion and some of the dinosaurs. Now the Plot is being guarded very well and we certainly don’t have any insider information.
Our theory: It seems in the movie, and with the new movie website Dinotracker.com that dinosaurs are all over the world, (we will let how expensive that will be slide for the moment) but there are likely to be pets, performances and we think restaurants…who will serve dinosaur steaks etc. The Nasutoceratops is often compared to cattle, at least in appearance. So will it be being bred to make burgers and steaks… just out little theory 4 weeks before it the movie comes out!
So let’s jump into our Nasutoceratops facts before the it ends up on a dinner platel!
Nasutoceratops Quick Facts
- Nasutoceratops was a medium sized ceratopsian dinosaur (the ones with the horns and frills!) and it is estimated to be able to grow to about 15 ft long (4.5 metres)
- The Nasutoceratops was lighter than most other horned dinosaurs and would grow to be between 3-4000 lbs in weight, or about 1.5 tons (1500 kg)
- To the shoulder a large Nasutoceratops would be about 6ft tall, about the same size as a large cow, although a cow is much lighter. ( not got a massive frill for a start!)
- The head of a Nasutoceratops was large for its size and could be 1.5 metres long ( 5ft) taking up a third of its total length
- Nasutoceratops was a herbivore like the other horned dinosaurs, it would have fed on bushes and vegetation in the wet humid environment it lived in.
- Its name means “big nose horn face”
- It lived during the late Cretaceous period about 75 million years ago.
- Nasutoceratops is a not that easy a dinosaur name to pronounce it has 6 syllables and is said like this. Na – Soo – Toh – Sair – Rah – Tops
How big was the Nasutoceratops ?
Nasutoceratops was a medium sized ceratopsian dinosaur (the ones with the horns and frills!) and it is estimated to be able to grow to about 15 ft long (4.5 metres) and weigh about 3-4000 lbs. This is smaller than other more famous horned dinosaurs like triceratops, but it was still a sizable dinosaur.
How heavy was the Nasutoceratops ?
The Nasutoceratops was lighter than most other horned dinosaurs and would grow to be between 3-4000 lbs in weight, or about 1.5 tons (1500 kg) Compared to triceratops top estimates of 20,000 lbs it was a lightweight!
How long was the Nasutoceratops ?
Nasutoceratops is known form one species, and could grow to 15 ft long (4.5 meters) which is half that of its bigger cousin the Triceratops.
How tall was the Nasutoceratops?
To the shoulder a large Nasutoceratops would be about 6ft tall, about the same size as a large cow, although a cow is much lighter. ( not got a massive frill for a start!)
How Big was the Nasutoceratops Head?
The head of a Nasutoceratops was large for its size and could be 1.5 metres long ( 5ft) taking up a third of its total length. it had two very long horns, that were more horizonal than other horned dinosaurs and have been compared to cattle ( more on that later) It did not have a nose horn to speak of, more of a bony bump on top of its beak like mouth.
Did Nasutoceratops have feathers?
It is unlikely that the Nasutoceratops was feathered, or if it had any skin coverings there were likely sparse and scattered towards the end of its tail. Most feathers have been found on theropod dinosaurs rather than the large herbivores.
What was Nasutoceratops Habitat?
Nasutoceratops lived near the shores of the Western Interior seaway, where elasmosaurus was found, it would have been swampy wet and humid, it was also populated by plenty of life during the late cretaceous when Nasutoceratops was alive. While it might have been a little early ( and possibly not) to share its environment with tyrannosaurus rex there was still predators to keep an eye on.
What Did Nasutoceratops eat?
Nasutoceratops was a herbivore like the other horned dinosaurs, it would have fed on bushes and vegetation in the wet humid environment it lived in. It had a beak to strip leaves and foliage off and grinding teeth to crush them.
What dinosaurs did Nasutoceratops live with?
if you have seen the Jurassic World Dominion Prologue or movie it suggests that Nasutoceratops lived and moved in herds, and this is also the thought of the scientific community. However, there was plenty of other dinosaur and other life with them when they lived 75 million years ago.
There were Troodon predators, called Talos, ornithomimus, parasaurolophus, Utahceratops ( no prizes for guessing what kind of dinosaur that was). It wasn’t just dinosaurs in the area though, there were early crocodiles, turtles lizards, and oviraptors as well.
What Dinosaurs Were Nasutoceratops related to?
Some of the more famous dinosaurs are relatives of this stocky herbivore. Triceratops is perhaps the most famous, but centrosaurus, microceratus, chasmosaurus, sinoceratops are all similar horned dinosaurs.
Did Nasutoceratops live in herds.
Currently it is accepted that nasutoceratops was likely to live and move in herds. both with other members of its species and with other herbivore dinosaurs. It is not known currently if these were mass migration herds or smaller family groups.
How Fast Could the Nasutoceratops Run?
While we have no real way of knowing for sure the speed of dinosaurs we can estimate based on bone structure and likely weight of dinosaurs. It is likely that nasutoceratops was more nimble and a little faster than its larger cousins, probably up to 15-20 miles an hour.
Was Nasutoceratops the Largest Horned dinosaur?
nasutoceratops was not one of the largest horned dinosaurs, that title goes to either Triceratops or Eotriceratops. We have a full article on the largest horned (certotosian) dinosaurs here.
Nasutoceratops was about the size of a large cow in height, but quite a bit longer at 15ft and 4 times as heavy at 3000 lbs plue.
What Movies Have Featured a Nasutoceratops ?
Currently the only movies with Nasutoceratops is the upcoming Jurassic World Dominion Movie and its prologue. It is shown moving in herds in the prologue and in the main movie only shown flipping a car over though we have a feeling it may appear more than just then scenes.
Currently no triceratops have been shown in the Movie, so if this stays true it will be the only horned dinosaur in the movie. However we think that triceratops has to make an appearance somewhere!
When Did the Nasutoceratops become Extinct?
The only fossils so far found of Nasutoceratops are dated from 76 to 75 million years. It may have had some room either side of those dates due to lack of fossil this can’t be provedn at the moment though.
Could the Nasutoceratops Swim?
The environment that nasutoceratops lived was coastal on the shallow seas of the Western Interior Sea, and it was boggy, marchy and would have lakes and ponds and swamps. While it was probably capable of a quick swim, it certainly wouldn’t live in water.
What does the name Nasutoceratops Mean?
Nasutoceratops does not have the most flattering name of all the dinosaurs. Its name means “big nose horn face” While it did certainly have a horned face, and a big nose there must be a nicer name out there somewhere for this dinosaur
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Was Nasutoceratops born with horns?
The fossils of baby and juvenile Horned dinosaurs have shown that their distinctive horns gre later, over time. However there were the beginnings of horns on baby nasutoceratops from an early age. They were born with a small but strong frill already, to give them some protection from predators.
How many Horns Did Nasutoceratops have?
Nasutoceratops had 2 horns, well kind of. Its nose was not a horn like you would see in triceratops and certainly not one like you would see on a styracosaurus or similar. It was more body, than horny if that makes sense.
However the two horns it did have certainly made up for its lack of a nose horn. they were long, the longest of any horned dinosaur and the would grow to as long as the end of its snout or beak.
The nasutoceratops could have horns up to 3.5 feet long, so while they looked like cattle horns they were much MUCH bigger.
Where were Nasutoceratops Fossils discovered?
Nasutoceratops fossils have been found primarily in the Southern part of Utah, the first being in 2006 By Eric Lund.
When did Nasutoceratops Live?
It lived during the late Cretaceous period about 75 million years ago. The only fossils found so far date from this period so it is currently unknown if it lived earlier or later that this.
When was Nasutoceratops first Discovered?
Nasutoceratops was discovered in 2006 during the Kaiparowits Basin Project which was run by the university of Utah and it was in utah here is was found as well.
Who named the Nasutoceratops ?
the full name of nasutoceratops is Nasutoceratops titusi and was named by Eric Lund in 2010, he was also the scientist who discovered it.
How to Pronounce Nasutoceratops ?
Nasutoceratops is a not that easy a dinosaur name to pronounce it has 6 syllables and is said like this. Na – Soo – Toh – Sair – Rah – Tops
So whether our theory about nasutoceratops being bred for food in the new jurassic world dominion movie is accurate or not it is still an awesome dinosaur to learn a little more about.
it is relatively newly discovered, and with the rate that scientists are finding and naming dinosaurs in recent years, it will be joined by plenty more horned dinosaurs in the coming years.
Don’t forget to look over the rest of our dinosaur facts pages, our coloring and facts sheets are also free to download. We have popular dinosaurs Like triceratops, gallimimus and parasaurolophus to some less well known ones that are appearing in the new Jurassic World dominion movies.
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