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October 2010 Volume 3

Bizarre New Dinosaur Species Found in Utah
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Utah: Scientists have found two new dinosaur species which may be the most bizarre and "blinged out" ever.  The new species belong to a horned-dinosaur family known for it outlandish anatomy. But nothing compares to these newcomers, the Kosmoceratops and the Utahceratops:


The Kosmoceratop had15 horns decoraing its massive head in an elaborate dinosaur headdress. At 15 feet long, it was larger than a Ford Fiesta. Its name means "ornate horned-face" in Latin.


The Utahceratops was adorned with unusual short horns that stuck out to the side like a bison's. It was about 20 feet long and weighed 6,000 - 8,000 pounds. Its name is Latin for "Utah horned-face."

The dinosaurs may have used their horns to attract lady dinosaurs and fend off rival suitors.

"The hooks at the back of the skull would've been relatively useless as weapons, but they're great for showing off," Scott Sampson of the Utah Museum of Natural History. "These are effectively the peacock feathers ... of the dinosaur world."

The skulls alone are often larger than 6 feet long, among the largest heads on any land animal that ever lived.

The new discoveries are "first-class finds, no doubt about it," according to Peter Dodson, an authority on horned dinosaurs.

Both species were plant eaters. The grew to massive sizes eating the vegetation which thrived in Utah's warm, swampy landscape over 70,000,000 years ago.

The fossils are buried in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, an isolated, rocky desert with federal protection.

In addition to these discoveries, scientists' research also supports the theory that Utah had a "no-go zone" that split dinosaurs into northern and southern groups. Dinosaurs from Canada are completely different from those in Utah. Something, perhaps a change in climate, kept the two groups from mixing.

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