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Yamaceratops is an extinct genus of primitive ceratopsian that lived in Asia during the Late Cretaceous period in what is now the Javkhlant Formation. Initially, the rocks where it was found were thought to be from the Early Cretaceous, but the age was reevaluated in 2009. It was a relatively small dinosaur, reaching 50 centimeters (1.6 feet) in length and 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) in body mass.

The type species, Yamaceratops dorngobiensis, was described by P. J. Makovicky and M. A. Norell in September, 2006. The authors consider the animal to have had an intermediate phylogenetic position between Liaoceratops and Archaeoceratops within Neoceratopia. Examination of the frill of Yamaceratops has convinced the authors that the frill was not used for display, and that the fossils "[hint] at a more complex evolutionary history for ceratopsian frills". Furthermore, Yamaceratops has been dated to either Aptian-early Albian, to even as early as mid-Barremian. This likely predated Archaeoceratops and Helioceratops, but not Liaoceratops. While there are many similarities between all 4 specimens, placing any into a specific family can be extremely difficult, and hotly contested between research teams.

The genus name refers to Yama, a Tibetan Buddhist deity; the species name to the Eastern Gobi. The holotype IGM 100/1315 consists of a partial skull; other material has been found in 2002 and 2003 and has been ascribed to the genus.

A fossilized embryo found within an ornithischian eggshell from sediments where Yamaceratops is common, was in 2008 referred to this genus. However, in 2015 it was reidentified as a bird embryo.

In 2020, Minyoung Son and colleagues reported a juvenile specimen of Yamaceratops found in 2014 at the Khugenetjavkhlant ("Khugenslavkhant") locality. This probably 3 years old specimen, MPC-D 100/553, was described in detail in 2022.

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Jurassic World: Dominion[]

While its does not appear in the film itself, a silhouette of Yamaceratops is shown in the CIA Black Market tracker list during the events of Jurassic World: Dominion. This could imply that Yamaceratops was created at some point in 2022.

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