Horned dinosaurs unearthed on lost continent

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Two remarkable new horned dinosaur species have been found in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah. The giant plant-eaters were inhabitants of the "lost continent" of Laramidia, formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region of North America, isolating the eastern and western portions of the continent for millions of years during the Late Cretaceous Period.

The newly discovered dinosaurs are a close relatives of the famous Triceratops. The bigger of the two new dinosaurs, with a skull 2.3 meters long, is Utahceratops gettyi. The first part of the name combines the state of origin with ceratops, Greek for "horned face." The second part of the name honors Mike Getty, paleontology collections manager at the Utah Museum of Natural History and the discoverer of this animal.

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