Vagaceratops (meaning "wandering (vagus, Latin) horned face", in reference to its close relationship with Kosmoceratops from Utah) is a genus of herbivorous ceratopsian dinosaur. It is a chasmosaurine ceratopsian which lived during the Late Cretaceous period (late Campanian) in what is now Alberta. Its fossils have been recovered from the Upper Dinosaur Park Formation.[1]

Temporal range: Late Cretaceous, 75 Ma
Vagaceratops irvinensis, skull.jpg
Cast of the holotype skull, Canadian Museum of Nature
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: Ornithischia
Family: Ceratopsidae
Subfamily: Chasmosaurinae
Genus: Vagaceratops
Sampson et al., 2010
V. irvinensis
Binomial name
Vagaceratops irvinensis
(Holmes et al., 2001 [originally Chasmosaurus])


Life restoration

Vagaceratops is known primarily from three fossil skulls. Although the general structure was typical of ceratopsids (i.e. a parrot-like beak, large neck frill, and nasal horn) it has some peculiarities. The skulls are characterized by a reduced supraorbital horn, brow horns that are reduced to low bosses and a larger snout compared to related animals. Vagaceratops had smaller parietal fenestrae than most ceratopsids and had a strange configuration of epoccipitals (bones surrounding the frill). It possessed ten epoccipitals, eight of which were centrally flattened, curved forward and upward and fused together to form a jagged margin along the back of the frill. The frill was shorter and more square-shaped than other chasmosaurines, being wider than it was long.


Holotype skeleton, CMN
Model at CMN

Vagaceratops was named by Scott D. Sampson, Mark A. Loewen, Andrew A. Farke, Eric M. Roberts, Catherine A. Forster, Joshua A. Smith, and Alan L. Titus in 2010, and the type species is Vagaceratops irvinensis.[1] This species was originally described as a species of Chasmosaurus (C. irvinensis) in 2001.[2] Its relationships remain debated. Vagaceratops has variously been allied with Kosmoceratops[1] or with Chasmosaurus.[3][2]

The cladogram below is the phylogeny of the Chasmosaurinae by Brown et al (2015):[4]




Vagaceratops irvinensis

Kosmoceratops richardsoni

Chasmosaurus belli

Chasmosaurus russeli

Mojoceratops perifania

Agujaceratops mariscalensis

Utahceratops gettyi

Pentaceratops sternbergii

Bravoceratops polyphemus

Coahuilaceratops magnacuerna

Anchiceratops ornatus

Arrhinoceratops brachyops


Regaliceratops peterhewsi

Eotriceratops xerinsularis

Ojoceratops fowleri

Titanoceratops ouranos

Nedoceratops hatcheri

Torosaurus latus

Torosaurus utahensis

Triceratops horridus

Triceratops prorsus

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Scott D. Sampson, Mark A. Loewen, Andrew A. Farke, Eric M. Roberts, Catherine A. Forster, Joshua A. Smith, and Alan L. Titus (2010). "New Horned Dinosaurs from Utah Provide Evidence for Intracontinental Dinosaur Endemism". PLoS ONE. 5 (9): e12292. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012292. PMC 2929175. PMID 20877459.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b R. B. Holmes, C. A. Forster, M. J. Ryan and K. M. Shepherd (2001). "A new species of Chasmosaurus (Dinosauria: Ceratopsia) from the Dinosaur Park Formation of southern Alberta". Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 38 (10): 1423–1438. doi:10.1139/cjes-38-10-1423.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Longrich, N.R., 2011. Titanoceratops ouranos, a giant horned dinosaur from the Late Campanian of New Mexico. Cretaceous Research 32, 264-276.
  4. ^ Brown, Caleb M.; Henderson, Donald M. (June 4, 2015). "A new horned dinosaur reveals convergent evolution in cranial ornamentation in ceratopsidae". Current Biology. 25 (online): 1641–8. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.04.041. PMID 26051892.

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