Friday, June 5, 2015

New 'Hellboy' horned dinosaur found

Researchers have found a new species of horned dinosaur and they're calling him "Hellboy." Its formal name is Regaliceratops peterhewsi, a reference to its crown-like frill and the man who stumbled upon its bones 10 years ago.

Peter Hews saw the Hellboy's nearly completely intact skull sticking out of a cliff along the Oldman River in Alberta, Canada, according to a paper published in the journal "Current Biology."
What made this new horned dinosaur distinctive was the size and shape of its facial horns and the shield-like frill at the back of the skull. This new species is similar in many respects to Triceratops, except that its nose horn is taller and the two horns over its eyes are “almost comically small.”

But the new dinosaur’s most distinctive feature is that frill, including what Brown describes as a halo of large, pentagonal plates radiating outward, as well as a central spike. “The combined result looks like a crown,” he says.

Peter Hews, stands before the dinosaur skull he discovered and has his namesake, the Regaliceratops peterhewsi, a new species of horned dinosaur.



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