Scientists discover long-horned dinosaur skull in Mexico

Monday, August 23, 2010

Scientists from the University of Utah have discovered the fossilised skull of a dinosaur with two 4-foot long horns in Mexico.
Named Coahuilaceratops magnacuerna, this plant-eating dinosaur had the longest horns of any species of its time. The Independent newspaper reported that experts think they probably weren’t used for defence, but rather for magnificent display, to attract mates and ward off other males.
The remains were found in a rocky area known as the Cerro del Pueblo Formation in the Mexican state of Coahuila, and give scientists new insight into the ancient history of western North America. Paleontologist Mark Loewen said in a statement announcing the discovery, “We know very little about the dinosaurs of Mexico, and this find increases immeasurably our knowledge of the dinosaurs living in Mexico during the Late Cretaceous period.”
The five-ton dinosaur, the size of a modern rhinoceros, lived about 72 million years ago, when the Coahuila region was a humid estuary with lush vegetation. Dinosaur bones from the area have been found covered with fossilised snails and marine clams, indicating the dinosaurs lived adjacent to the seashore.
The skull will be unveiled at the Museum of the Desert in Saltillo, Mexico later this year.
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Anonymous said...

I remember talking to a Mexican archaeologists, and learned that Mexico was a very rich country in dinosaurs. They used to travel from north to south America during migrations.

The other landmark is the Yucatan peninsula worked as ground zero for the asteroid theory that finalized the dinosaurs.

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