Everything Dinosaur Reviews the Collecta Xenoceratops
The prehistoric animal model manufacturer called Collecta have produced a number of horned dinosaur models over recent years and in 2014 they have introduced a replica of the bizarre Xenoceratops, a horned dinosaur that is distantly related to the better known Styracosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus.
This dinosaur is known only from fragmentary skull material representing at least 3 individual animals found in Upper Cretaceous strata in south-western Alberta, the rest of the animal has been modelled on more complete fossil material. Collecta have chosen to give their replica a very striking paint job, with a black body contrasting with a lighter coloured underside and white strips on the head crest standing out against flashes of blood red located on the nasal bone and on the top of the neck frill.
The Collecta Xenoceratops Dinosaur Model
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur
Note that Xenoceratops has been give a line of bristle-like protrusions running along the top of the hips to the base of the tail. Palaeontologists have uncovered evidence to suggest that some Late Cretaceous horned dinosaurs may have had bristles or quills on their rumps. If they had such structures, then there purpose remains unclear, perhaps they were brightly coloured and used in visual communication between members of the herd. If viewed from the side, the bristles may have made this herbivore look bigger than it actually was, a deterrent to an attacking Tyrannosaur. Or indeed, it has even been suggested that the structures were made up of sharp spines that could protect the hip area from attack, it has even been proposed that these spines were tipped with poison.
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The model measures approximately thirteen and a half centimetres long and the tip of those impressive, white horns on the top of the frill are about seven centimetres off the ground. Although it is difficult to conclusively gauge the size of this dinosaur based on the fossil record, we estimate that this model is in approximately 1:44 scale based on an adult Xenoceratops being around six metres in length.
The bizarre horns and neck shield of this dinosaur are very well recreated by Collecta. It did have a spectacular frill with two huge horns sticking out of the top of the neck frill and two large, sideways pointing horns positioned over the eyes. Analysis of a partial, right nasal bone suggests that this dinosaur may also have possessed another horn on the tip of its nose, this is not shown in the model but the base, the boss, is painted a bright red colour.
One area of a dinosaur model, often overlooked is the cloaca or vent, the posterior opening of the animal. Collecta have made sure that their Xenoceratops has a very obvious vent and the model shows lots of nice detail on the underside. Note the correct number of fingers and toes, again Collecta taking the time and trouble to make sure that the replica is anatomically correct.
View of the Underside of the Collecta Xenoceratops Dinosaur Model
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur
This is an excellent addition to the Collecta range of prehistoric animal models, this is, after all, a replica of a dinosaur that itself was only named and described less than two years ago.
To read an article published by Everything Dinosaur announcing the discovery of this horned dinosaur: Horned Dinosaur with “Alien Headgear”