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New Head Banger Dino

  • 28-04-2010 12:06pm
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    A new type of pachecephalosaur from Texas called Texacephale langstoni with a reinforced skull dome and flanks has lended weight to the theory that these creatures engaged each other in brutal combat.
    The discovery of the new species lends further weight to the idea, which has gained popularity in recent years, that dinosaurs found in Canada and the northern United States were distinct from their southern neighbors.
    "Instead of roaming across the North American continent, we see pockets of different dinosaurs that are pretty isolated from one another," Longrich said. "Every time we get good fossils from Texas, they end up looking very different from those to the north."
    Because fossils from the Big Bend region are rare and tend to be poorly preserved, scientists do not have a complete picture of the different species that once inhabited the area, Longrich said.
    But the team may have uncovered an important piece of the puzzle with their discovery. They found that this particular group of dinosaurs, which was previously thought to have originated in Asia, likely evolved in North America.
    Longrich expects more related species to be discovered in the future as fossils from the Texas site and elsewhere continue to be examined.
    "I think we underestimate how many different species there were," he says.

    Full article here.

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    Illustration by Nicholas Longrich


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