Scientist Discovered New Three-Horned Dinosaur

Jun 3, 2013 15:06 IST

Scientists while analysing fossil records in the Month of May 2013 have discovered a new three-horned dinosaur, which is dated back 66 to 80 million years.

The distinctive feature of the Three Horned Dinosaur is that it sported a hoodie-like growth on the back of its head.  It differs from all other horned dinosaurs in the shape and arrangement of the scallops on the edge of the frill, which are large and triangular toward the front, and low and blunt toward the back.

As per the researchers it may be the oldest known link of Triceratops and Torosaurus -- the best-known horned dinosaurs.

As of today, fossil remains of at least 18 closely related dinosaurs from the region have been identified as distinct species. These species show up for just a couple million years, or even a far shorter time, before another species replaces it.

The Fossil is linked to be with Judiceratops which is the earliest known member of the chasmosaurines, a group of horned dinosaurs characterised by an enlarged frill on the back of the skull. It does not appear to be a direct ancestor of Triceratops and Torosaurus.

Judiceratops was basically a large plant-eating dinosaur which fed on low-growing vegetation, such as ferns, like other members of its family. It had two large horns over the brow and a smaller horn on its nose.

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