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2011-09-20 11:01:42

  A graduate student from Montana State University is part of a team of researchers that revealed a new species of raptorial dinosaur to the public on Monday, the first definitive troodontid theropod discovered from the Late Cretaceous Period of North America in more than 75 years. MSU doctoral student Mike Knell, MSU paleontologist David Varricchio, three colleagues, and lead researcher Lindsay Zanno, from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the Field Museum of Natural...

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...

2010-03-24 09:50:00

A new species of plant-eating dinosaur has been discovered in the Navajo Sandstone region of Utah, where it apparently had been buried by a collapsing sand dune, researchers announced on Tuesday. According to a March 23 University of Utah press release, the nearly complete skeleton is of a plant-eater that lived approximately 185 million years ago. It was discovered in 2004, excavated in 2005, and is the topic of research published in PLoS ONE, the online journal produced of the Public...

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...

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...

2005-05-04 13:15:00

Scientists have caught a dinosaur in the act of evolving from meat-eater to vegetarian. The two-legged, feathered creature ate plants, but its bones show that the transition from its carnivorous ancestors was still in progress. All plant-eating dinosaurs were ultimately descended from a meat-eater, and switchovers to plant-eating occurred several times. The newly discovered species, which lived 125 million years ago in what is now Utah, could help scientists understand details of how the...

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