o The Frog Blog: Dinosaur Still Has Mojo After 75 Million Years

Friday, 9 July 2010

Dinosaur Still Has Mojo After 75 Million Years


A researcher at Yale University has discovered a horned dinosaur about the size of a small rhinoceros with an ostentatious heart-shaped frill that even Lady Gaga might envy. He dubbed it Mojoceratops. According to one of the research team “a funky dinosaur needs a funky name’’, one which was devised over a couple of beers after a long day digging fossils in the field. 

The Mojoceratops was apparently hiding in plain sight for years. Longrich was studying a dinosaur called a Chasmosaurus (pictured above) from museum fossil specimens when he realized that he was looking at a mishmash of two species. Mojoceratops lived 75 million years ago in what is Canada today and probably survived for only about 1 million years. The discovery was published this month in the Journal of Paleontology. Click here to find out more.

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