Styracosaurus Classification

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Styracosaurus Classification

Biologists classify animals using terms such as "order", "family", "genus" and "species". These terms indicate how closely two animals are related to each other. For example:
  • Two animals which are of the exact same type, and can interbreed producing fertile offspring, are of the same species.

  • Two animals which are a bit more distantly related, are of the same genus but of different species, and so on.

  • Using this system, this how Styracosaurus is classified (note: Styracosaurus is a genus, and currently only one valid species of Styracosaurus is known):
Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Suborder Cerapoda
  (unranked) Marginocephalia
  Infraorder Ceratopsia
  Family Ceratopsidae
  Genus Styracosaurus
  Species Styracosaurus albertensis

  • Based on a single specimen found in 1915, a second species of Styracosaurus, Styracosaurus parksi was described in the 1930s. This specimen is now generally accepted to be an example of Styracosaurus albertensis.

  • What was long thought to be a valid second species of Styracosaurus, named Styracosaurus ovatus. was described by Charles W. Gilmore in 1930. However, a 2010 review found it to be a member of a different Genus, Rubeosaurus.

  • Several other fossil specimens have been briefly described/considered to be other Styracosaurus species, however none are currently believed to be so.

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