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

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  • justagirl

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

  • justagirl

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

  • 5by5

    New dinosaurs?

    NO! NO! NO! THE EARTH IS 6,000 YEARS OLD! THE EARTH IS 6,000 YEARS OLD!
    :-)

    • Haystack

      Shhh. They’re “Jesus horses.”

  • Anonymous

    New dinosaurs?

    NO! NO! NO! THE EARTH IS 6,000 YEARS OLD! THE EARTH IS 6,000 YEARS OLD!
    :-)

  • Haystack

    Shhh. They’re “Jesus horses.”

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    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”.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    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”.

  • Ruby

    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/

  • Ruby

    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/

  • A Bad Joke

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

  • A Bad Joke

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

  • myth_slayer

    That’s THREE DINOSAURS, they forgot Orin Hatch!

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

  • Anonymous

    That’s THREE DINOSAURS, they forgot Orin Hatch!

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

  • J Piatt

    What about the Mormonsauros?

  • J Piatt

    What about the Mormonsauros?

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