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Archaeologists at the University of Washington discovered three Bunostegos skulls in the rocks of the Moradi Formation in Niger. The details behind these fossilized remains will be published in next month's issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
The skulls are believed to date back to the late Permian period, more than 250 million years ago, and older than many dinosaur fossils seen today in museums.
Originally posted by emberscott
I am not convinced that the image reflects what this may have truly looked like. It is entirely possible that it was quite beautiful and not in any way hideous at all. The world may never know.
Skull fossils found in what is now northern Niger show a series of distinctive bony knobs decorating the animal’s skull — hence the name Bunostegos, which means "knobby roof," or skull. These knobs were probably skin-covered horns such as those of giraffes, and may have been used by Bunostegos to recognize other members of its species. Other pareiasaurs had knobs like these, but they weren’t as large, the researchers said.
I always wondered how they can assume that extinct species were a certain color or what they may have sounded like. The size/shape can be reconstructed via the fossils found but the cosmetic looks after that is what one would assume to be guess work, more or less.
Originally posted by ShadellacZumbrum
I wonder what they ate in the desert . .. . .. . Sand ?