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New armoured dinosaur with four foot horns on its head found by scientists

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posted on May, 31 2010 @ 06:44 PM
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I found this link about a new species of dinosaur in The Telegraph. Is this where I put it?

Apologies if this has been posted but a search for Coahuilaceratops and Coahuila dinosaur and nothing showed up.



New armoured dinosaur with four foot horns on its head found by scientists An armoured dinosaur as big as a tank that was even a match for Tyrannosaurus Rex has been discovered by scientists. The plant-eater was an ancestor of the famous three-horned Triceratops Photo: PA The giant rhino like creature, which was 22 ft long, was so formidable because it had two four foot horns sprouting from its head which could gouge even the largest predator.

Fossil bones of an adult animal, which weighed four to five tons and stood six to seven feet tall at the shoulder and hip, were recovered from a site in the state of Coahuila, southern Mexico, in 2003. The plant-eater named Coahuilaceratops magnacuerna was an ancestor of the famous three-horned Triceratops.

Like other horned dinosaurs, or ceratopsids, it had a large bony plate behind its head which would have acted as a shield. But Coahuilaceratops' most notable feature are the two enormous horns that jut out from above its eyes. They are the biggest horns ever uncovered.


Forgive me but I don't know how to post articles with the white background thingy. :-)

[edit on 31/5/2010 by itchy_tartan_blanket]




posted on May, 31 2010 @ 06:55 PM
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Personally I think this is great. Another species rediscovered after millions of years. I often wonder what else we will find if we just dug a little deeper. It seems to me that we're only scratching the surface, so to speak, with regards to palaeontology, anthropology and archaeology in recent times. We are finding cities and settlements, unearthing new mysteries to solve, new jigsaw pieces in the Grand Puzzle that is the map of life and what it's purpose is.



posted on May, 31 2010 @ 07:00 PM
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small eyes rino like yep probly only took a leaf moving to set him off.
shiskabob lol o these dinos and trex were millions of yaers apart this guy would have never seen a rex



posted on May, 31 2010 @ 07:12 PM
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This is not actually a new discovery as it was found in 2003 although it may have taken a little longer to categorise.

Cerotopsids seem to have been many and varied so clearly it was a successful design at that time.

There are 64 variants according to wiki.

Ceratopsians



posted on May, 31 2010 @ 07:33 PM
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64 you say? who borrowed the dolorian?
went back and counted anyway?



posted on May, 31 2010 @ 07:34 PM
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Well, doesn't this mean it has been categorised? Albeit eventually?


I know it clearly states it was discovered in 2003 but as with all these things, it takes a few years to name it.

There wasn't anything on ATS that I could find. Hopefully someone will be glad for it. :-)



posted on May, 31 2010 @ 08:20 PM
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Sorry itchy I did not intend my post to sound critical it was just an observation with a little more information thrown in, thanks for the heads up



posted on Jun, 1 2010 @ 05:33 PM
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What a great find. Often dinosaurs and other fossils are not published when they are found to give the team that found the fossil to study it. That's a magnificent animal.



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