September 22nd, 2010
11:45 PM ET

Scientists find new dinosaurs related to Triceratops

Utahceratops gettyi was found in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

Fossils of two new species of horned dinosaurs closely related to the Triceratops have been discovered in southern Utah, scientists revealed Wednesday.

The discovery of the new plant-eating species, which are believed to have areas known today as the western United States during the Late Cretaceous Period, was announced Wednesday in the online open-access journal PLoS ONE, produced by the Public Library of Science.

The bigger of the two new dinosaurs, with a skull about 7 feet long, is Utahceratops gettyi, whose name combines the state of origin with ceratops, Greek for “horned face.” The second part of the name honors Mike Getty, paleontology collections manager at the Utah Museum of Natural History and the discoverer of this animal.

Kosmoceratops richardsoni

With 31 skull "ornamentations," including 15 horns, Kosmoceratops richardsoni takes its name from the Latin word for "ornate." Its horns - located over the nose, atop each eye, at the tip of each cheek bone, and ten across the rear margin of the bony frill—make it the most ornate-headed dinosaur known. The latter part of the name honors Scott Richardson, the volunteer who discovered two skulls of this animal. 

The newly discovered dinosaurs were inhabitants of the “lost continent” of Laramidia, the western portion of North America that formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region, isolating the eastern and western portions of the continent for millions of years during the Late Cretaceous Period.

Utahceratops and Kosmoceratops are the two latest species to be unearthed in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is proving to be a "treasure trove" for palenotologists in the new millenium, Mark Loewenof the Utah Museum of Natural History said.

Most of the dinosaurs that fill the North America's museums come from Alberta, Canada, but with most of the region thoroughly picked over, more and more new discoveries are coming out of southern North America.

"Every dinosaur we're finding is related to others we've already seen but a completely new species," said Loewen, a paleontologist who participated in the study. "We have to change our views on why they were living in the same time slice, but completely different from those living in Canada."

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  1. David


    September 23, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. DreadedGonzo

    they have SCIENTISTS in Utah!?!?

    September 23, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • JenniPoohBear

      Scary thought, I know....but...yes. 😛

      September 23, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
    • BeenThere2

      SCIENTISTS, but not Scientologists

      September 23, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Didn't Eat Breakfast

      Agree with BeenThere2. Scientologists reside predominantly in CA.

      September 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. andrew K

    these beast are so awesome! I wish they are not not extinct and we can see em in zoos. Then again I suppose I should be glad I can still see modern day beasts such as elephants, tigers, gorillas etc because in 200 yrs those animals will probably go the way of the dodo bird due to human intervention.

    September 23, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. KellyinBoston

    Across the board, some of the funniest and smartest posts I've seen!

    September 23, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. Antoine

    these homeboys are dumb. Really dumb. We done got your skeletons and all that. We gonna find you. You can run and tell that prehistoric homeboy.

    September 23, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • ak2190

      You need to hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband. Coz they be excavating errybadi out here!!!

      September 23, 2010 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ben Smith


    September 23, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
    • riverrunner

      you are joking right?

      September 23, 2010 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Smith

      of course I am. Sadly, some people think like this.

      September 23, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Smith

      Evolution does not cancel out the possibility of the existence of a god!

      September 23, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. WaaaayOffTheTrail

    Thank you, President Clinton, for creating Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a remote and pristine jewel. And thank you, Southern Utah Willderness Alliance, for protecting our best interests from the developers.

    “Yet the remoteness, the size, the harsh terrain, the heat, the aridity, the wind, the silence when there is not wind, the overpowering solitude of the Kaiparowits – these are precisely the commodities which make it valuable. It is a fierce and dangerous place, and it is a wilderness right down to its burning core.” -Ray Wheeler, Wilderness at the Edge (1990)

    "Small puddles, like shining eyes, fuse the colors of pink rocks and cerulean sky, and wet ripples of mud may do the same thing. In the changing light nothing remains the same from year to year or hour to hour. Flood and drought, heat and cold, life and death alter the finer details incessantly, but they leave unchanged the grand plan.” -Elliott Porter, The Place No One Knew: Glen Canyon on the Colorado.)

    Congratulations to Dr. Mike Getty and staff – may they continue to seek and find truth.

    September 23, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • wyominguy

      Nice post.....*Thanx

      September 23, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • GreySpy

      Gee I didn't know Mike Getty was promoted to doctor status. That's pretty sweet.

      September 23, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Unknown

    I am waiting for people to tie Obama into this like they do with everything else

    September 23, 2010 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. frakmegrrl

    LOL!!! Marry me Dale!!!

    September 23, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Franz Conrad von Hotzendorf

    This is why the Mormon's figure there's soooooo many dinosaur bones in Utah

    September 23, 2010 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Franz Conrad von Hotzendorf


    September 23, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. John Lane

    These creatures would fit right in if they were part of the GOP caucus on Capitol Hill.

    September 23, 2010 at 3:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Floria sigmundi

    Dinosaurs are so mysterious it's fascinating

    Check out this YouTube video

    September 23, 2010 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cavs92

    Its the tax and spend dinosaur party that caused their extinction! They were doing fine until their culture could not handle the cost of the social welfare programs!

    Of course, the above is fiction. As is dinosaur existence to about a third of Republicans who believe the earth is 6000 yrs old.

    September 23, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Codifex Maximus

      Yeah, the Debt aka The Social Welfare for the Rich is wut dun em in I tell ya.

      September 23, 2010 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. piker

    anyone feel like your surrounded by idiots?
    misinformation and the media run wild in the US. ridiculous what the government wants u to know is what u know. but nobody seems to think for themselves anymore here. Geniuses were all at one time considered nuts until they proved it.

    September 23, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Codifex Maximus

      Precisely why I try to watch BBC news to get a cross reference / different perspective.

      P.S. Dino's rule.

      September 23, 2010 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
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