Ceratopsids, or horned dinosaurs, are a group of large-bodied, quadruped herbivores, which lived roughly 65-70 million years ago. Part of a larger group of dinosaurs that includes stegosaurs, ankylosaurs, ornithopods, and pachycephalosaurs, the better-known members of the ceratopsids include centrosaurs, chasmosaurs, and triceratops. Easily distinguished by the horns and frills on their skulls, ceratopsids were one of the most successful of all dinosaurs. New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs presents a broad range of cutting-edge research on the functional biology and behavior, systematics, paleoecology, and paleogeography of the horned dinosaurs, including descriptions of newly identified species. A CD-ROM includes a census of recovered specimens and a history of ceratopsian discoveries in Canada.
"Triceratops and its kin may hail from the dim and distant past, but this new volume brings them fully into the light of today. An all-star and comprehensive list of authors not only effectively puts horned dinosaurs in the context of their own time and place, but also brings them alive as living, breathing biological organisms. New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs is able proof of the vitality of modern dinosaur science, bringing to bear 21st-century ideas and approaches to ask – and answer – questions that once would have been thought to be out of reach."
– Larry Witmer, Ohio University
"New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs records a landmark event and makes clear that our understanding of this group is undergoing truly explosive growth. To give just one measure, the number of ceratopsids discussed at this meeting represented a doubling of species compared to a comprehensive review of this clade published just three years earlier. The remarkable abundance of newly discovered forms was augmented by presentation of rigorous studies of stratigraphy, phylogeny, ontogeny, biomechanics, taphonomy, paleogeography, and paleoenvironment. These results, including descriptions of ten new taxa, are captured in this volume, which will be a must-own for dinosaur paleontologists and enthusiasts alike."
– Scott Sampson, University of Utah
"From Archaeoceratops to Zuniiceratops, from Alaska to Mexico, and from sediments to functional morphology, this book covers much of present-day research on ceratopsians. These horned dinosaurs are rendered as living, behaving, and evolving organisms throughout the 36 chapters of this book. I encourage everyone interested in how a myriad of incredible fossils can inform about life of the past to read it."
– David Weishampel , co-editor of The Dinosauria and co-author of Dinosaurs: A Concise Natural History
"This book captures an explosion of new and exciting research on one of the most fascinating groups of dinosaurs. It will be a landmark in the study of ceratopsians."
– David C. Evans, University of Toronto
"New Perspectives on Horned Dinosarus is an essential reference of lasting importance for anyone interested in horned dinosaurs. Indeed, anyone with a serious interest in dinosaurs will want to own a copy of this fine volume."
– PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, 7(3), 2010
"[T]his [is] one of the most important horned dinosaur monographs since Richard S. Lull's 1933 overview."
– C&RL News, October 2010
"This richly illustrated volume will be valuable to anyone with a serious interest in dinosaurs [...] Highly recommended."
"An examination of the list of contributors reveals a veritable 'who's who' of ceratopsian and dinosaur researchers from around the world, which is indicative of the depth and quality of the work contained in this book."
– Palaeontological Association Newsletter
"The synthesis of contemporary ceratopsian research and North American paleoenvironmental work makes this book a necessary addition to the library of anyone interested in dinosaur biology and evolution."
– The Quarterly Review of Biology
"All in all, New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs is arguably the most significant dinosaur book to appear in recent years, and this is against a lot of competition. It demonstrates – just in case there was any doubt – that feathered maniraptorans and tyrannosaurids are not the only sections of the dinosaur tree where exciting research and discoveries are happening."
– Scientific American
"What a book [this] is! It is huge with a massive 624 pages, and the dustcover, with a wnderful Chasmosaurus by Donna Sloan, is stunning [...] The book itself is very well put together."
List of Contributors
List of Reviewers
Part 1. Overview
1. Forty Years of Ceratophilia \ Peter Dodson
Part 2. Systematics and New Ceratopsians
2. Taxonomy, Cranial Morphology, and Relationships of Parrot-Beaked Dinosaurs (Ceratopsia: Psittacosaurus) \ Paul C. Sereno
3. A New Species of Archaeoceratops (Dinosauria: Neoceratopsia) from the Early Cretaceous of the Mazongshan Area, Northwestern China \ Hai-Lu You, Kyo Tanoue, and Peter Dodson
4. A Redescription of the Montanoceratops cerorhynchus Holotype with a Review of Referred Material \ Peter J. Makovicky
5. First Basal Neoceratopsian from the Oldman Formation (Belly River Group), Southern Alberta \ Tetsuto Miyashita, Philip J. Currie, and Brenda J. Chinnery-Allgeier
6. Zuniceratops christopheri: The North American Ceratopsid Sister Taxon Reconstructed on the Basis of New Data \ Douglas G. Wolfe, James I. Kirkland, David Smith, Karen Poole, Brenda J. Chinnery-Allgeier, and Andrew McDonald
7. Horned Dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Ceratopsidae) from the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Cerro del Pueblo Formation, Coahuila, Mexico \ Mark A. Loewen, Scott D. Sampson, Eric K. Lund, Andrew A. Farke, Martha C. Aguillón-Martínez, Claudio A. de Leon, Rubén A. Rodríguez-de la Rosa, Michael A. Getty, and David A. Eberth
8. New Basal Centrosaurine Ceratopsian Skulls from the Wahweap Formation (Middle Campanian), Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Southern Utah \ James I. Kirkland and Donald D. DeBlieux
9. A New Pachyrhinosaurus-Like Ceratopsid from the Upper Dinosaur Park Formation (Late Campanian) of Southern Alberta, Canada \ Michael J. Ryan, David A. Eberth, Donald B. Brinkman, Philip J. Currie, and Darren H. Tanke
10. New Material of "Styracosaurus" ovatus from the Two Medicine Formation of Montana \ Andrew T. McDonald and John R. Horner
11. A New Chasmosaurine (Ceratopsidae, Dinosauria) from the Upper Cretaceous Ojo Alamo Formation (Naashoibito Member), San Juan Basin, New Mexico \ Robert M. Sullivan and Spencer G. Lucas
12. A New Chasmosaurine Ceratopsid from the Judith River Formation, Montana \ Michael J. Ryan, Anthony P. Russell, and Scott Hartman
13. Description of a Complete and Fully Articulated Chasmosaurine Postcranium Previously Assigned to Anchiceratops (Dinosauria: Ceratopsia) \ Jordan C. Mallon and Robert Holmes
14. A New, Small Ceratopsian Dinosaur from the Latest Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation, Northwest South Dakota, United States: A Preliminary Description \ Christopher J. Ott and Peter L. Larson
Part 3. Anatomy, Functional Biology, and Behavior
15. Comments on the Basicranium and Palate of Basal Ceratopsians \ Peter Dodson, Hai-Lu You, and Kyo Tanoue
16. Mandibular Anatomy in Basal Ceratopsia \ Kyo Tanoue, Hai-Lu You, and Peter Dodson
17. Histological Evaluation of Ontogenetic Bone Surface Texture Changes in the Frill of Centrosaurus apertus \ Allison R. Tumarkin-Deratzian
18. Modeling Structural Properties of the Frill of Triceratops \ Andrew A. Farke, Ralph E. Chapman, and Art Andersen
19. New Evidence Regarding the Structure and Function of the Horns in Triceratops (Dinosauria: Ceratopsidae) \ John W. Happ
20. Evolutionary Interactions between Horn and Frill Morphology in Chasmosaurine Ceratopsians \ David A. Krauss, Antoine Pezon, Peter Nguyen, Issa Salame, and Shanti B. Rywkin
21. Skull Shapes as Indicators of Niche Partitioning by Sympatric Chasmosaurine and Centrosaurine Dinosaurs \ Donald M. Henderson
22. The Function of Large Eyes in Protoceratops: A Nocturnal Ceratopsian? \ Nick Longrich
23. A Semi-Aquatic Life Habit for Psittacosaurus \ Tracy L. Ford and Larry M. Martin
24. Habitual Locomotor Behavior Inferred from Manual Pathology in Two Late Cretaceous Chasmosaurine Ceratopsid Dinosaurs, Chasmosaurus irvinensis (CMN 41357) and Chasmosaurus belli (ROM 843) \ Elizabeth Rega, Robert Holmes, and Alex Tirabasso
25. Paleopathologies in Albertan Ceratopsids and Their Behavioral Significance \ Darren H. Tanke and Bruce M. Rothschild
Part 4. Horned Dinosaurs in Time and Space: Paleobiology, Taphonomy, and Paleoecology
26. An Update on the Paleobiogeography of Ceratopsian Dinosaurs \ Brenda J. Chinnery-Allgeier and James I. Kirkland
27. Unraveling a Radiation: A Review of the Diversity, Stratigraphic Distribution, Biogeography, and Evolution of Horned Dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Ceratopsidae) \ Scott D. Sampson and Mark A. Loewen
28. A Review of Ceratopsian Paleoenvironmental Associations and Taphonomy \ David A. Eberth
29. Behavioral Interpretations from Ceratopsid Bonebeds \ ReBecca K. Hunt and Andrew A. Farke
30. Paleontology and Paleoenvironmental Interpretation of the Kikak-Tegoseak Quarry (Prince Creek Formation: Late Cretaceous), Northern Alaska: A Multi-Disciplinary Study of a High-Latitude Ceratopsian Dinosaur Bonebed \ Anthony R. Fiorillo, Paul J. McCarthy, Peter P. Flaig, Erik Brandlen, David W. Norton, Pierre Zippi, Louis Jacobs, and Roland A. Gangloff
31. Taphonomy of Horned Dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Ceratopsidae) from the Late Campanian Kaiparowits Formation, Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument, Utah \ Mike A. Getty, Mark A. Loewen, Eric Roberts, Alan L. Titus, and Scott D. Sampson
32. A Centrosaurine Mega-Bonebed from the Upper Cretaceous of Southern Alberta: Implications for Behavior and Death Events \ David A. Eberth, Donald B. Brinkman, and Vaia Barkas
33. Insect Trace Fossils Associated with Protoceratops Carcasses in the Djadokhta Formation (Upper Cretaceous), Mongolia \ James I. Kirkland and Kenneth Bader
34. Faunal Composition and Significance of High-Diversity, Mixed Bonebeds Containing Agujaceratops mariscalensis and Other Dinosaurs, Aguja Formation (Upper Cretaceous), Big Bend, Texas \ Julia T. Sankey
Part 5. History of Horned Dinosaur Collection
35. Lost in Plain Sight: Rediscovery of William E. Cutler's Missing Eoceratops \ Darren H. Tanke
36. Historical Collecting Bias and the Fossil Record of Triceratops in Montana \ Mark B. Goodwin and John R. Horner
Afterword \ Philip J. Currie
1. A Ceratopsian Compendium \ Tracy L. Ford
2. Ceratopsian Discoveries and Work in Alberta, Canada: History and Census \ Darren H. Tanke
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Michael J. Ryan is Vice-Chair Curator and Head of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Brenda J. Chinnery-Allgeier is Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin. David A. Eberth is a senior research scientist at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada.