Two New Dinosaurs Discovered in Utah

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Illustration from Utah Museum of Natural History

The two new dinosaurs found in Southern Utah are said to have more horns on their head than any known dino. Now the only question is whether they were functional or just fashionable? From National Geographic:

Two newly discovered horned dinosaur species from an ancient “lost continent” are some of the most surprising and ornate yet found, paleontologists say.

The new dinosaurs are members of the ceratopsids, the group of dinosaurs that includes Triceratops. The animals were generally four-legged herbivores with horns and bony frills rising from the backs of their heads.

The larger of the two dinosaurs, Utahceratops gettyi, had a 7-foot-long (2.3-meter-long) skull, prompting study co-author Mark Loewen of the University of Utah to compare the animal to “a giant rhino with a ridiculously supersized head.”

The other new dinosaur, Kosmoceratops richardsoni, is “one of the most amazing animals known, with a huge skull decorated with an assortment of bony bells and whistles,” study leader Scott Sampson, also of the University of Utah, said in a statement.

Kosmoceratops’ head is covered in horns: one on the nose, one over each eye, one at the tip of each cheek, and several running along the dinosaur’s head frill.

Continues at National Geographic

16 Comments on "Two New Dinosaurs Discovered in Utah"

  1. justagirl | Sep 24, 2010 at 2:33 am |

    functional: solar panel with radio transisting antennas. (duh).

  2. justagirl | Sep 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm |

    functional: solar panel with radio transisting antennas. (duh).

  3. Anonymous | Sep 24, 2010 at 3:05 am |

    New dinosaurs?

    NO! NO! NO! THE EARTH IS 6,000 YEARS OLD! THE EARTH IS 6,000 YEARS OLD!

    🙂

  4. New dinosaurs?

    NO! NO! NO! THE EARTH IS 6,000 YEARS OLD! THE EARTH IS 6,000 YEARS OLD!

    🙂

  5. Shhh. They’re “Jesus horses.”

  6. Also were found the bones of two recently extinct creatures, reminding us of the fragility of life and the swiftness with which times change. The creatures were identified as “an ethical person of faith” and a “sane conservative”.

  7. Also were found the bones of two recently extinct creatures, reminding us of the fragility of life and the swiftness with which times change. The creatures were identified as “an ethical person of faith” and a “sane conservative”.

  8. when I first read the title, I was thinking it was alive. hahaha. its still good to be amazed. I cant imagine how would it be if we have dinosaurs alive nowadays. So its just good that we discover them while there off.

    http://www.typists.net.au/

  9. when I first read the title, I was thinking it was alive. hahaha. its still good to be amazed. I cant imagine how would it be if we have dinosaurs alive nowadays. So its just good that we discover them while there off.

    http://www.typists.net.au/

  10. A Bad Joke | Sep 24, 2010 at 8:25 am |

    I was thinking Mormonism, but then it turned out science was behind it and all my assumptions got lost on the floor.

  11. A Bad Joke | Sep 24, 2010 at 4:25 am |

    I was thinking Mormonism, but then it turned out science was behind it and all my assumptions got lost on the floor.

  12. Anonymous | Sep 24, 2010 at 11:33 pm |

    That’s THREE DINOSAURS, they forgot Orin Hatch!

    They’ve discovered several other dinosaurs in Kentucky as well.

  13. myth_slayer | Sep 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm |

    That’s THREE DINOSAURS, they forgot Orin Hatch!

    They’ve discovered several other dinosaurs in Kentucky as well.

  14. What about the Mormonsauros?

  15. What about the Mormonsauros?

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