Head reconstruction of Ajkaceratops

Ajkaceratops kozmai

Etymology: Named after the city of Ajka and the retired geologist Károly Kozma.

Ajkaceratops was a plant-eater dinosaur with parrot-beaked skull morphology and probably was a quadropedal animal.
It was one of the smallest ceratopsian dinosaur with a total body length no more than 1 meter. As seen in most herbivorous animals, Ajkaceratops grazed als in herds. Whereas the foremost parrot-beaked like part of the skull is typically seen in Ceratopsians and easily recognizable, the discovery of the anterior end of the lower jaws a not so easy story. Having some of these specimens in our collections, originally we thought they are ungual phalanges. Later, after rotating these specimens with 180 degree along their long axis, we realized that they are pointed, slightly upward curving elements of the lower jaw of a ceratopsian dinosaur.

The discovery of the remains of Ajkaceratops is the first indusputable evidence for the existence of ceratopsian dinosaurs not only in Asia and North America but also in Europe.

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