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Science: It’s a Dinosaur!

Thanks to my friend Amedeo over at Flying Flashlight, who just sent me a link, I got to meet a new dinosaur this morning called Medusaceratops lokii.

And as anybody who’s known me for more than about five minutes could tell you, I’m always up for meeting a new dino.

If there were a football team back in the late Cretaceous period, about 145 million to 65 million years ago, made up of this guy and his fellow Ceratopsidae dinos (such as his cousin, the more well-known Triceratops) this guy would almost certainly have been a fullback. He’s got one heck of a helmet — complete with three-foot-long bones over his eyes — to protect that noggin of his.

You could bounce a boulder off this guy's head and barely make a scratch (Art of Medusaceratops © Donna Sloan)

Can’t you just imagine them calling out plays?

OK Medusacera, you grab the ball and go left. I'll stick my horn through the safety... (Image from the Chicago Academy of Sciences)

Actually, though, the big stocky dino lived 78 million years ago, about 10 million years before his Triceratops cousins popped up on the scene. But a gal can dream, can’t she?

Medusaceratops, who gets New Age cred for being a vegetarian, was discovered in Central Montana and recently classified as a new dinosaur type by Michael J. Ryan, Ph.D., a scientist at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Ryan named him after Loki, the Norse god of mischief, because he was a bit confused at first as to what sort of dinosaur he had, according to this story at PhysOrg.com: Scientists announce new horned dinosaur

One of the confusing things about Medusaceratops was also something that made him quite hunky with the ladies (uh, unless he was a lady). He had a lot of extra ornamentation and frills — such as you can see in this artist’s depiction. That ornamentation was a sort of prehistoric “bling” to impress the opposite sex, Ryan told PhysOrg.com.

Just check out this sexy guy (art of Medusaceratops © Luis Rey)

Welcome to the family, Medusaceratops! And congratulations on your find, Ryan!

Cheers,
-SueVo

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May 28, 2010 - Posted by | Science | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. This is great! We’re BIG dino fans in our family, thanks to my son who is dino mad! Hubs and I both work on children’s reference books and so we’re pretty au fait with the big beasties. Henry’s in bed right now, but I’ll be showing him this in the morning! Great post Sue:-)

    Comment by henrysmummy2003 | May 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thanks! Yeah I’ve been called the Dino Lady by more than a few people. One of my favorite science topics 🙂

    Comment by SueVo | May 28, 2010 | Reply


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