Sinoceratops was a species of ceratopsian dinosaur that lived in the late Cretaceous period around 73 million years ago. It was discovered in the Shandong province of China in 2008. It was the first ceratopsid dinosaur to ever be found in China, and is one of the largest centrosaurian species ever discovered. Centrosaurs were ceratopsian dinosaurs that mostly had just one nasal horn and none above the eye region. It has an estimated size of 6 meters in length, 2 in height and a weight of 2 tonnes.
Since it was only described in 2010, Sinoceratops had no appearance in the Jurassic Park franchise prior to the Jurassic World era. It appears in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom as one of the species fleeing the eruption of Mount. Sibo. Its first appearance is when Owen is recovering from being tranquilized, and the dinosaur is intrigued by him and starts licking his face. Later we see one battle with a Carnotaurus, only to quickly flee without causing any real damage to either of them. Its design created a bit of controversy due to the holes in the frill, originally meant to be on just one as a battle wound but later implemented as part of the cloned species’ design. Originally, it was meant to be a Pachyrhinosaurus, but was later changed to Sinoceratops after the first trailer dropped. It has a bright green skin pattern with a creamy white underbelly. The dinosaur also featured in the game Jurassic World Evolution, as well as a toy made by Mattel. However, Mattel’s toy looks more like a Pachyrhinosaurus rather than a Sinoceratops, missing its nasal horn and the frill spikes that Sinoceratops is known for. This was likely due to the dinosaur originally being a Pachyrhinosaurus, and by time it was changed it was too late for the toy to be updated.