Chasmosaurus

CHASMOSAURUS


(KAZ-muh-SOR-us)


MEANS:
Cleft lizard

PERIOD:
Late Cretaceous – 76.5 – 75.5 Mya

WHERE:
North America: Alberta

SIZE:
Length: 5.2 meters (17 feet)
Height: 2.4 meters (8 feet)
Weight: 1,362 kg (3,000 lb)






Ceratopsians are split into two subfamilies, those with short frills and those with long frills like Chasmosaurus. The frills of Chasmosaurus were heart-shaped and very distinct. It has been theorized by some paleontologists that the frill may have been brightly colored in order to draw the attention of a potential mate.

The longer frilled ceratopsians also have longer faces and jaws than their short frilled cousins. This may have indicated that they subsisted on a different diet while sharing the same ecological niche.