Stories tagged Utah

There's been a whole lot of buzz on the internet recently about Brontomerus mcintoshi, a giant sauropod dinosaur with unusually large hips (and somewhat derogatory name translation) discovered more than a decade ago in eastern Utah. In this video, British paleontologist Mike Taylor explains the hows and whys of "Thunder Thighs". Hey that rhymes.

You can read even more about Brontomerus over at Taylor's Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week (SVPoW) blog.

Oct
26
2006

New dino: A smaller, older version of the well-known triceratops shown here has been discovered in southern Utah. It actually has two horns on its nose like some of today's rhinos. (Photo by veggiechick74)
New dino: A smaller, older version of the well-known triceratops shown here has been discovered in southern Utah. It actually has two horns on its nose like some of today's rhinos. (Photo by veggiechick74)

Triceratops, meet your new little cousin.

Dino diggers in Utah announced last week the finding of a new dinosaur, which is a smaller, older version of the well-known horned dinosaur.

It was actually uncovered three years ago at a dinosaur excavation in southern Utah at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. And the find was made completely by accident by paleontologists Jim Kirklad and Don DeBlieux. They were doing a survey of fossil resources in on the land when DeBlieux set down his backpack to take a photo. A fossilized bone was protruding from the rock shelf were he set his back pack down.

That bone turned out to be the skull of a new type of ceratopsid. It took about three years to excavate the rock from the site and then remove the fossilized remains. What researchers found was a smaller, older version of triceratops.

The new dinosaur was a horned plant eater who roamed the earth about 80 million years ago. It was about 15 feet log and six feet tall, similar in build to today’s rhinos. It’s truly unique feature is having two nose horns.

More information about this new dinosaur is to come. It will get its formal name in about a year and will eventually be put on display at the Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah.

And there are even more new dinosaurs being discovered in the area. Scott Sampson, curator of the Utah Museum of Natural History, reports that all of the dinosaurs discovered in the national monument area are new discoveries.