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Pentaceratops
Ceratopsian
Pronunciation: pen-tuh-SAIR-uh-tops
Meaning: five-horned face
Image By: David Baccadutre

Additional Credits: Sculpture by David Thomas

One of the most diverse and successful groups of dinosaurs of the Cretaceous, ceratopsians were the horned dinosaurs, best known from Triceratops. New Mexico's best known ceratopsian is Pentaceratops, from the Fruitland and Kirtland formations near Farmington. Pentaceratops takes its name, which means "five-horned face," from the five horns--one above the nostril, two above the eyes and one on each cheek.