New Dinosaur Found With Horns

Posted: Jul 9 2015, 5:23am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 9 2015, 5:37am CDT, in Latest Science News


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New Horned Dinosaur Wendiceratops Found
  • New Horned Dinosaur Found by Scientists

A new horned dinosaur, named Wendiceratops pinhornensis, has just been found by scientists. It belongs to the same group of dinosaurs from which the three-horned Triceratops came.

The dinosaur family tree from which the horned types which include the Triceratops descended has a new member which has just been discovered. It existed in the Cretaceous Period, some 79 million years ago.

Today the area is known as the Milk River badlands of Southern Alberta in Canada. The dinosaurs of this time in prehistory are seldom comprehended as fully as the rest of the sauropods.

This particular species of dinosaurs is differentiated on the basis of the arrangement of the horns on its neck plate and nose. Termed Wendiceratops, the dinosaur was a virtual ornamental organism in itself. It had a length of 7 meters while its height was about 1.5 meters.

“We instantly knew that we had something special,” said Evans, the dinosaur curator of the Royal Ontario Museum and lead author of the PLOS ONE study.

As for the weight, it must have been around 2000 kilograms when it thrived during the Cretaceous Period. Among the other dinosaurs it lived with may be included various Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Duckbilled as well as Armored dinosaurs.

The skeleton of this special and unique dinosaur was found by Wendy Sloboda about half a decade ago. It is a welcome addition to Canada’s growing list of dinosaurs.

Wendiceratops is a horned dinosaur that is singularly special in its very existence. This power dino is way more radical than any other Jurassic creature and that includes the velociraptors with their razor sharp teeth and talons.

This dinosaur also had a bony projection like the sharp bill of a bird of prey, with which it used to tear the plant material it ate way back then. It’s discoverer, Wendy Sloboda spied a bone projecting from the debris. When she investigated further to her surprise it turned out to be a new species of dinosaur.

The skull, as was evident from the beginning, belonged to a horned type of dinosaur. After the fossils of the creature had been unearthed and polished, they were put up for display. From the very first moment, Wendy knew she had found something that was one of a kind.

The ornamentation on the bones of the dinosaur was simply exquisite. And in the area where the dinosaur was buried, were found some 200 odd bones of four other dinosaurs too. Wendy is probably the chief fossil finder in the world and this new find has been named after her.

The study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

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