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. King Lotore

    LOL.....I love this string of posts.

    September 23, 2010 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Onevision

    All praise Raptor Jesus for he went extinct for our sins

    September 23, 2010 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Darwinian Dentist

    Med Student-sounds as if you have an excellent background in Evolutionary Biology. Given that everything (e.g., medical and dental education) must evolve or perish, I hope med schools are beginning to select evermore students with your particular brand of pre-med preparation. I also hope that medical schools will begin to appoint at least one evolutionary biologist/anthropologist to their faculty rosters....and dental schools will hopefully soon follow their lead. Please Google Randolph Nesse. (U Michigan) who, along with the late George Williams, started this conversation/paradigm shift in medical education over 30 years ago.

    September 23, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
    • MN Matt

      Feh... Hey blah blah blah let me pat you and more importantly ME on the back. We are so smart and blah blah blah.
      Dr Genius

      September 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. miah

    that was so funny, i about fell off my dinosaur!!!

    September 23, 2010 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ramon F Herrera

    "We have to change our views on why they were living in the same time slice, but completely different from those living in Canada."

    Easy: Because Canuck dinos were commies.

    September 23, 2010 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bixby

    Do you think this was before or after Adam & Eve?

    September 23, 2010 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dylan

    Triceratops never existed:

    And no, this isn't a religious stunt. They actually were the juvenile forms of the Torosaurus.

    Mindblowing, eh? Dinosaurs are so cool, it's so interesting to see our dominant relatives of this planet.

    September 23, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Thorrsman

      Similar to the whole Brontosaurus/ Apatosaurus business? Got to tell you, no matter what the scientists choose to call it, the big sauropod will ALWAYS be a Brontosaurus to me. And the Triceratops will remain a Triceratops.

      September 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. littledevilsofie

    Wow these comments are amazing. Thank God people still have a sense of humor. I love dinosaurs and I love God so lets agree to disagree but dinosaurs were real and their remains have been preserved in their original glory. The holy books from different religions, on the other hand have been edited for hundreds of years...

    September 23, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. snidely

    Appears to be mutations of current species at that time. Much like the animal mutations today from our own pollution. The earth was taking much more outside radiation at that time.

    September 23, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  10. Real Earth

    I always wanted to shoot Barney.

    September 23, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    I thought god created everything a few thousand years ago. Wow. You learn something new every day.

    September 23, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • I_Hustle

      Who says?

      September 23, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    Ted Kennedy was a dinosaur.

    September 23, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. 2+2=5

    Are these dinos running for office? did I miss something? Cool finds. Whats with politics being thrown into it? So much propaganda out here we can't even just talk about dinosaurs, we have to hear everyone's ADD like thoughts on things they don't understand. Fantastic lol. Keep up the good work kids, the few that are actually working that is.

    September 23, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jim Brieske

    My theory could be correct. There must be two related answers why our government does not tell us ETs exist. Heck, a UFO practically landed at Chicago O'Hara Airport. Many people watched it. This is a fact, people. So why not just tell us?
    Winston Churchill had it right when he said, it would destroy our religions. So the second question must be asked, why would it? Simple logical answer. They don't look like us! In fact, their appearance will scare the you know what out of you. To think they are more intelligent and advanced makes the fear greater.
    God would not allow Moses to see his face. He said, Moses would die if he did.
    Maybe we are a science project or form of starting soul receiving life elsewhere. I mean getting here to them, may be like us driving to Madison.
    As far as dinosaurs (Correct spelling this post. I am a poor speller. It is my weakness. Don't use spellcheck. I don't mind showing I have a weakness.) eating up all the food. Untrue.
    The meat eaters would learn to raise the plant eaters.

    September 23, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Enzo

      Is Chicago O'Hara Airport just outside of an Irish Pub on Rush street? That would explain all those UFO sightings. Personally, I prefer to land my black helicopters farther north, at the regular airport...

      September 23, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. Snakeoil

    Up until a hundred years ago or so, some King would have put this specimen on one of his walls and called himself Dragonslayer.......................

    September 23, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Thorrsman

      Paleontology is far more than just 100 years old. Fail.

      September 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
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