New Dinosaur Species Found in Utah
by Native Village
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:
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.
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
The dinosaurs may have used their horns to
attract lady dinosaurs and fend off rival
"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
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,
over 70,000,000 years ago.
The fossils are buried in the Grand Staircase-Escalante
National Monument, an isolated, rocky desert with
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
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