Some cool new Dinosaurs.

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  1. Bumblethumper

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    In a weird coincidence, no less than 4 new ceratopsians (horned Dinosaurs) have been named in the past 2 days in various separate scientific publications. All of them are pretty significant.

    For the uninitiated, these are relatives of Triceratops, famous foe of T.rex, and they all lived in the late Cretaceous, towards the end of the reign of the dinosaurs.

    Coahuilaceratops has the largest horns of any dinosaur. It's also Mexico's first horned dinosaur, and just the fourth Mexican dinosaur to be named. It's also a big deal, because they've never found a ceratopsid this far south before.
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    Sinoceratops is particularly important. It's the first incontrovertible evidence of a ceratopsid from outside of continental North America.

    It's China's first ceratopsid. And it's big. Bigger than it's American relatives (the centrosaurine ceratopsids). You can see the eye socket and nose horn in the first 2 pics, and the spiky frill in the other pics:
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    Ajkaceratops from Hungary is a much smaller animal, and known from less spectacular remains. Basically they have the beak and some other fragments. But this is still hugely significant, because it's the first evidence of a ceratopsian from Europe. It appears to be related to the smaller, more primitive end of the family.

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    And lastly from Utah, there's Diabloceratops, whose awesome name was finally made official yesterday. It's the earliest member of its family (centrosaurine ceratopsids). And it has the coolest skull ever.

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    First horned dinosaur from Mexico
    PALAEOBLOG: <i>Sinoceratops zhuchengensis</i>, First Ceratopsid from China
    http://www.origo.hu/tudomany/20100526-ajkaceratops-magyar-dinoszaurusz-a-bakonybol-a-naturebe.html
    Guest Post: presenting Diabloceratops eatoni Dave Hone’s Archosaur Musings
     
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    Out of all the diverse dinosaur infraorders, the ceratopsians are my favorites. They are so diverse, each species while similar in body design they each have a multitude of defenses/weapons. Pachyrhinosaurus had a massive dome, Styracosaurus had about eight horns coming off of it's frill and one large horn in the middle, etc.

    Such fascinating animals, like the tanks of the prehistoric world. :D 
     
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    Aw hells yeahs! Dinosaurs!

    That Diablosaurus skull looks badass and it's name fits to match!

    C'mon Spielberg, put that in JP4! You know you want to.
     
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    Geez, where was the Diabloceratops in the 90s when they made a dozen dinosaur cartoons? That would have made an awesome villain.
     
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    That's not a dinosaur, that's a freakin' dragon! Sweet!
     
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    I noticed that the skull looks a bit deformed, right above the eye-socket. Possible battle-damage perhaps? Maybe a tumor?
     
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    Or it could be something that happened during fossilization.
     
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    It's a possibility. There are two bumps over the left eye-socket, and the right eye socket is visible and foreward facing. The bumps look a bit, abnormal to be something as a result of fossilization, but thats just me. I'll look it up.
     
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    Dinosaurs have always had a special place in my heart. :) 

    It's incredible to think these were the heads and bones of actual living things once.

    Diablocertatops is incredible. Diablo is devil, while ceratops is essentially horned face...

    So Diabloceratops roughly translates to devil horned face. Fantastic. :D 

    Artist's representation: [​IMG]
     
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    What an incredible animal. There really is nothing like these things today. No animal can compare to dinosaurs! :D 
     
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    Dinosaurs make modern day animals seem depressingly boring. Except sharks! :rock 
     
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    So Coahuilaceratops' fossils had built-in military camo, eh? That's convenient.
     
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    Dude. I can't believe you created this thread....... and didn't include the COOLEST CERATOPSIAN DINOSAUR to be named in the past 2 days.

    I present:
    Medusaceratops lokii

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    Cleveland Museum of Natural History curator Michael Ryan identifies a new kind of horned dinosaur |

    From the article:

    :lol  I love that Loki from the comics was part of the inspiration for the naming. And Medusa is damn cool
     
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    Now if we could only bring them back Jurassic Park style and get 2 of them in a drunken sex-fueled rage then we could have a Medusa-diablio-ceratops lokii or as more commonly known, EPICeratops.
     
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    Great to hear the new dinos being announced. But I don't think the Chinese have the first Ceratopsian outside of the US.

    How about: Serendipaceratops arthurcclarkei from Victoria in Australia (named in 2003) :cool: 

    But I'm loving the new Ceratopsian names! Ever since Torosaurus got demoted, I've been waiting for a great Horned Face dinosaur name - I love the Medusa and Diablo (demon) references in the name
     
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    I was just gonna say you did'nt mention Loki, but someone did, so I rest my case.
    But, Dinosaurs are pretty freakin cool
     
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    Ajkaceratops...

    Did someone watch the Melting Man episode of MST3k before naming it?
     
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    That could make for a killer Dinobot, eh-sorry Dino-con? Decepticon's first Dinobot? The beginning of the name Diablo, must relate to how the skull look's like a devil's skull would look with the horns and what not. Very awesome. Imagine what kind of a Decepticon that could be!
     
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    Trikes were always my favorites dinos when I was a kid, so I havea natural affinity for the ceratopsians.

    El Diablo is frickin' awesome, but that Hungarian number looks like a juvenile to me. Curious to see what bone scans would say.

    Thanks for the heads up.
     

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