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2010-09-22 15:15:00

Scientists have unearthed a dinosaur in Utah that now holds the record for bearing the most horns on its head. Paleontologists have uncovered the remains of an ancient beast that lived 76 million years ago in the warm, wet swamps of what is now southern Utah.  The animal, named Kosmoceratops richardsoni, stood 16 feet tall with a 6-foot skull equipped with 15 horns.  The scientists speculate that the animal weighed 5,511 pounds. "These animals are basically oversized rhinos with...

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2008-03-25 14:50:00

New Species believed to be related to the TriceratopsPaleontologists have discovered the fossil of a new dinosaur species in Mexico's Coahuila desert. The scientists said the plant-eating dinosaur lived 72 million years ago, and had three giant horns it used to fight predators and attract mates.  Now filled with rocks and cactus, the Coahuila desert was once covered by ocean waters, and dinosaurs of all types used the jungle-filled beaches to hide from an enormous, fierce predator that...

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2008-02-12 15:05:00

Cretaceous-era duck-billed dinosaur discovery opens new window into time when much of continent was submerged.A new species of dinosaur unearthed in Mexico is giving scientists fresh insights into the ancient history of western North America, according to an international research team led by scientists from the Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah."To date, the dinosaur record from Mexico has been sparse," said Terry Gates, a paleontologist with the Utah Museum of Natural...

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2007-10-03 18:00:00

By BROCK VERGAKIS SALT LAKE CITY - Scientists are amazed at the chomping ability of a newly described duck-billed dinosaur. The herbivore's powerful jaw, more than 800 teeth and compact skull meant that no leaf, branch or bush would have been safe, they say. "It really is like the Arnold Schwarzenegger of dinosaurs - it's all pumped up," said Scott Sampson, curator of the Utah Museum of Natural History. The newly named Gryposaurus monumentensis, or hook-beaked lizard from the monument, was...

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2007-10-03 15:55:00

SALT LAKE CITY -- The duck-billed dinosaur was one of the world's most imposing herbivores with as many as 800 teeth and a body that could help it knock down trees. Utah scientists have discovered one near the Arizona border that's even more threatening. "It really is like the Arnold Schwarzenegger of dinosaurs - it's all pumped up," said Scott Sampson, curator of the Utah Museum of Natural History. The newly named Gryposaurus monumentensis, or hook-beaked lizard from the monument, was...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.