Zuniceratops (meaning "Zuni-horned face") is a small member of a group of dinosaurs called ceratopsians. It was about the size of a cow and lived during the Late Cretaceous. It was named by Douglas G. Wolfe and James I. Kirkland in 1998.[1][2][3]


Zuniceratops was discovered in 1996 in New Mexico by an eight year old boy named Christopher Wolfe and named in 1998.[4][5]



This dinosaur was superficially similar to later horned dinosaurs such as Triceratops, but it was smaller in size “About the size of a cow”, and only had two brow horns.[6]

It lived during the Middle to Late Cretaceous in North America at the same time with another Horned Dinosaur relative, Diabloceratops, browsing on such plants like the ancient cycads. It probably was a herd animal as well.[7]

Appearance in Media[]

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Zuniceratops as it appears in Dinosaur King

  • Zuniceratops was first featured in the 2001 Documentary, When Dinosaurs Roamed America, taking place in the mid-Cretaceous segment, where they were shown as prey for unidentified dromaeosaurs (most likely Suskityrannus).
  • Zuniceratops was also featured as an illustration by Luis V. Rey in the credits at the end the film Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie, scrolling alongside the cast names Tiya Sircar & Skyler Stone