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 Type:‭ Ceratopsian Dinosaur

Diet: Herbivore.
Size: Unknown due to lack of fossil remains.
Protection status: Extinct.
Albalophosaurus has been described as a basal ceratopsian dinosaur,‭ ‬but one that shows similarities to other ornithopod dinosaurs,‭ ‬particularly in dental morphology.‭ ‬This may suggest that Albalophosaurus was a particularly primitive ceratopsian dinosaur,‭ ‬perhaps even one that hints at the transition from ornithopod ancestors to more derived ceratopsian descendants.‭ ‬The name Albalophosaurus means‭ ‘‬white crest‭’‬,‭ ‬but this is in reference to the snow-capped peak of Mount Hakusan near where the holotype remains were discovered,‭ ‬not a physical feature. So far Japan has been quite light in terms of fossil discoveries,‭ ‬which is surprising considering that hundreds are‭ ‬known from mainland Asia,‭ ‬but steadily,‭ ‬palaeontologists working in Japan are uncovering more and more‭ ‬Mesozoic reptiles.‭ ‬Other dinosaurs discovered in Japan include Fukuiraptor and Fukuisaurus.

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