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Temporal range: Late Cretaceous
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An artist's illustration of Sinoceratops zhuchengensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Order: Ornithischia
Suborder: †Cerapoda
Infraorder: †Ceratopsia
Family: Ceratopsidae
Subfamily: †Centrosaurinae
Genus: Sinoceratops
Xing, 2010
Binomial name
Sinoceratops zhuchengensis
Xing, 2010

Sinoceratops is a Ceratopsian from Late Cretaceous China. It measured up to 20 feet long and weighed around 2.5 metric tons. It would have lived along with many dinosaurs, including Zhuchengtyrannus and Huxiasaurus. Its name means "Chinese Horned Face". It was discovered in the Xingezhuang formation.


The holotype specimen ZCDM V0010, consisting a partial skull, including a braincase, was in the summer of 2008 recovered at the Xingezhuang Formation of the Wangshi Group in Shandog, China. The specimen was collected in fluvial sediments that were deposited during the Campanian-Maastrichtian stages of the Cretaceous period, approximately 72-66 million years ago. Two other specimens have been recovered from the same formation. Specimen ZCDM V0010 is a partial skull that consists of the skull roof and most of the braincase, and ZCDM V0012 represents a partial braincase.

The discovery was significant, because it represented the first ceratopsid known from China, and possibly the only ceratopsid from Asia. The only other possible Asian ceratopsid is Turanoceratops, but recently, its identification as ceratopsid has been questioned.


Sinoceratops is most known for its vast Centrosaurine-look, with a singular large horn protruding from its nasal area, and its ornamental frill. Sinoceratops would've been probably the most common Ceratopsian in its area, considering the lack of Ceratopsids in Asia. Two holes in its face served an unknown purpose, and it walked on stout legs, like a rhino's.


Sinoceratops belongs to the Ceratopsidae family, because of its rhino-build, and ornamental frill and horns.


Sinoceratops is known from the Xingezhuang Formation of southern China. It is known from skull material. Alongside it, in the Formation, lived Shantungosaurus, a very common hadrosaurid to which most of the material has been assigned. Zhuchengceraptos, an Asian Leptoceratopsid, and Huaxiaosaurus, a possible older individual of Shantungosaurus. other possible remains have been assigned to Zhuchengosaurus, a probable junior synonym of Shantungosaurus, and material tentatively assigned to Tyrannosaurus.

In Popular Culture[]

  • Sinoceratops Makes its first media appearance in Adventures Of Dinosaurs - Ceratops Part 1.
  • In the Fossil Fighters series, Sinoceratops is a playable Vivosaur.
  • It also appears in the new card game, called Apex.
  • In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, it is revealed that there are surviving Sinoceratops populations remaining on Isla Nublar after the 2015 Incident, but will now face an impending danger, alongside many other creatures, in the form of an erupting volcano. These clones look incredibly similar to their real-life counterparts except the clones has holes in its fenestrae, which no ceratopsian had, a taller frill, and two spikes on the center of the frill similar to that of a Pachyrhinosaurus. It was meant to be Pachyrhinosaurus in the film, but it was later changed to Sinoceratops for as yet unknown reasons.
  • Sinoceratops makes a brief cameo appearance in The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave.
  • Sinoceratops will be in Jurassic World: Alive, based on the Fallen Kingdom dinosaur, it will be an Epic dinosaur.
  • Sinoceratops will appear in a free Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom update for Jurassic World Evolution, based on the Fallen Kingdom dinosaur.
  • Sinoceratops makes a large appearance in the animated series, Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, as a peaceful yet provoked dinosaur, and is often seen in the series. It has different coloring than its green counterpart in the 2018 film.
  • Sinoceratops might also appear in Jurassic World Dominion, although debates are still not confirmed.
  • Sinoceratops appeared in the game Jurassic World: The Game as a tournament creature.




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