Learn Before You Go
- Scientific Name: Leptoceratops
- Pronunciation: LEP-to-SAIR-ah-tops
- Name Means: Lean-horned face
- Diet: Herbivore
- Fossils Found: Wyoming and Alberta, Canada
- Wikipedia: Leptoceratops
While there is no evidence to tell us what color Leptoceratops actually were, the females in this exhibit are painted in a more muted pattern than the males and the juveniles are more camouflaged than the adults. These color trends are commonly found in animals alive today.
There isn't much evidence to show what juvenile Leptoceratops looked like, so the models here are based on Protoceratops fossils. Notice the frills of the juveniles are proportionally smaller. The frills become more pronounced as the dinosaurs start to reach adulthood, which may indicate that the frills are used to communicate to other adults when searching for a mate. The fossil evidence also shows that the eyes of juveniles were proportionally larger which is also common in animals alive today.