Classification: Ornithischia, Ceratopsidae.
Genus: Diabloceratops (“Devil Horned Face”)
Species: D. eatoni
The habitat of Diabloceratops would have included floodplains, lakes, and rivers. The top predator was likely Lythronax, a relative of Tyrannosaurus, that Diabloceratops may have had to contend with.
Diabloceratops resembled most other horned ceratopsian dinosaurs in its body design: stocky, with four legs and a short tail. As with most horned dinosaurs, its head was what set it apart and made it unique. Its nose horn was very small, more a ridge than horn. It had two curved brow horns, and two more larger curved horns that protruded from the top of its frill. The resemblance of these horns to depictions of devil’s horns led to the dinosaur being named after the Spanish word for devil – “diablo”.
Diabloceratops likely reached around 15 feet in length, making it medium sized when compared to other ceratopsian dinosaurs.
Diabloceratops remains were first discovered in Utah in 1998. It was described and named in 2010. Another possible Diabloceratops fossil was discovered in 2002, also in Utah.