Colorado-based paleontologists find new dinosaur species
A team of local paleontologists have discovered what's been referred
to as the oldest known chasmosaurine ceratopsian in Canada (try saying
that three times fast…).The 77 million-year-old Mercuriceratops
Gemini was officially named in a German scientific journal, and was
discovered by a team of paleontologists based out of the Rocky Mountain
Dinosaur Research Center.
The new to us (but otherwise very old)
species is known from only two species of a unique skull forming a large
frill on the back of the dinosaur's skull.
The first of those was
found in Montana in 2007. The paleontologist who found it, Kraig
Derstler, noticed that there was something different about the
cheek-bone region of its skull, and he added question marks to his