Academic journal article Science Scope

15-Horned Dinosaur Unearthed

Academic journal article Science Scope

15-Horned Dinosaur Unearthed

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Two remarkable new species of horned dinosaurs have been found in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah. The giant plant eaters were inhabitants of the "lost continent" of Laramidia, formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region of North America, isolating the eastern and western portions of the continent for millions of years during the Late Cretaceous period.

The bigger of the two new dinosaurs, with a skull 2.3 meters (about 7 feet) long, is Utahceratops gettyi. The first part of the name combines the state of origin with ceratops, Greek for "horned face." The second part of the name honors Mike Getty, paleontology collections manager at the Utah Museum of Natural History and the discoverer of this animal. In addition to a large horn over the nose, Utahceratops has short and blunt eye horns that project strongly to the side rather than upward, much more like the horns of modern bison than those of Triceratops or other ceratopsians. Utahceratops has been likened to a giant rhino with a ridiculously supersized head. …

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