The fossil of a dinosaur has been discovered on a Canadian riverbank, where it had been entombed for 68 million years, and it is “one of the most unusual horned dinosaurs ever discovered.”
The scientists have described it as one of the most unique horned dinosaurs ever discovered. It is a beast that boasts an exotic set of facial horns and spines around the edge of the bony frill at the back of its skull.
“This new animal is definitely one of the weirdest horned dinosaurs,” said paleontologist Caleb Brown of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta. It has been named Regaliceratops peterhewsi.
Dinosaur dscovery in Alberta, Canada:
“How weird it is really only becomes fully apparent when you compare it to its close relatives, in which case it stands out like a sore thumb.”
The dinosaur has been nicknamed after the comic book character “Hellboy” due to the difficulty collecting the specimen and for the challenging preparation process to remove it from the very hard rock in which it was encased, wrote the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
“We did have an earlier, politically incorrect name for it, but with great effort we managed to stop ourselves using it after a few months,” paleontologist Donald Henderson said.
A new species discovered—Regaliceratops peterhewsi:
The discovery was made by Calgary resident Peter Hews, a geologist in the petroleum industry, in 2005.
The snout was sticking out of a cliff along the Oldman River in southwestern Alberta, Canada.
Horned dinosaurs have not been found in this area before.
Regaliceratops, similar in size to today’s largest rhinos, was estimated at 5 meters long, 1.5 meters tall at the hips, and weighing about 1.5 tonnes. “Think of it like a big SUV,” Dr Brown said. The research appears in the journal Current Biology.
The research on this specimen was completed by Royal Tyrrell Museum scientists Dr. Caleb Brown, a Post-doctoral Fellow, and Dr. Donald Henderson, Curator of Dinosaurs. Their research has greatly increased the understanding of the evolution of horned dinosaurs, said the Royal Tyrrell Museum.