Brachylophosaurus: The Elvis Of Dinosaurs

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Brachylophosaurus be its official name, but many affectionately know relatively dinosaur "new" as "Elvis" for his unusual head crest, which resembles the hair of the famous rock 'n' roll singer. Collector of fossils and dinosaur paleontologist Charles Sternberg first described in 1953. Not valid for other specimens have been noted dinosaur expert Jack Horner identified Brachylophosaurus second skeleton from the Judith River formation in Montana 1980.

Head Crest

The crest of the head extended solid framework of the mouth of the canyon, located at the top of the flat head of the dinosaurs and then finished with a peak of style in the back. Besides the Elvis hair comparison, which also looked a bit like a race of modern bicycle helmet, and maybe it was a similar head-protection function. You may Brachylophosaurus involved in pushing the head to head competition, similar to the male with antlers or horns of today often struggle for the leadership position or choice of the female during mating season.

Teeth and Diet

Brachylophosaurus was a duck-billed dinosaur, but its upper beak was higher and wider than most of hadrosaurs. Both the upper beak and jaw covers hundreds of teeth. Their position and structure of the jaw suggests Brachylophosaurus chewed plant material from side to side, like cows and horses do today. The analysis of stomach contents of an individual to disclose preserved ate ferns, conifers, magnolias, and pollen from more than 40 different types of plants.


Paleontologists in 2003 were surprised to discover that dinosaurs suffered from cancer. They found at least four forms of this deadly disease in many Brachylophosaurus skeletons. Cancer appears to be rare in other dinosaurs, or perhaps even limited to this species. Experts are not sure why, but I suspect that genetic or environmental factors are to blame.

Guinness World Record Holder

Since its discovery in early 1950, a series of well-preserved remains have been excavated Brachylophosaurus. In 2003, a model, named Leonardo, had the honor of the Guinness Book of World Records as "the best preserved dinosaur in the world." Certificate of continued, "about 90 percent of the body is covered with soft tissue in fossils." Paleontologists as the value of the dinosaur "mummies," because they provide a rare tissue samples, as well as bones.

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