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Frills and whistles: Triceratops relative had bizarre head of horns

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The 79-million-year-old bones of four pickup truck-size horned dinosaurs have been unearthed in Alberta, Canada, and the discovery reveals how the distant relatives of Triceratops got their horns, a new study finds.

Wendy Sloboda, a renowned fossil hunter, discovered the fossils in 2010 while walking her German shepherds in the badlands of southern Alberta, just north of Montana.

"She said, 'I found some ceratopsian material,' which she knows I love," said co-author Michael Ryan, the curator and head of vertebrate paleontology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. "Almost as soon as we saw it, we thought we had something new." The researchers spent two summers jackhammering the side of the cliff to reach the fossils. Soon enough, they saw that the bone bed contained three adults and one juvenile. They named the new species Wendiceratops pinhornensis, combining Sloboda's first name, Wendy, with the Greek word ceratops, which means "horned face." The species name refers to Pinhorn Provincial Grazing Reserve in Alberta, where the researchers uncovered the fossils.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/07/09/frills-and-whistles-triceratops-relative-had-bizarre-head-horns/

 
 
 

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That's amazing, and that's just in this Earth age. Can you just imagine the
other creatures from the Earth ages that came before this one?

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That's amazing, and that's just in this Earth age. Can you just imagine the
other creatures from the Earth ages that came before this one?

ah so youre a dino guy eh? in future ill try find more dino stuff to post

 
 
 

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ah so youre a dino guy eh? in future ill try find more dino stuff to post

 
 
 

If it's ancient history, I like it!

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