Cleveland scientist names new dinosaur species

by Gene on Mar. 05th, 2007

A curator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has identified a new type of horned dinosaur. The dinosaur, Albertaceratops, provides an evolutionary link between early, small-horned dinos and later, large-horned ones.

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Gene says:

I really like the quote near the end of this article:

The oldest known horned dinosaur in North America...lived 12 million years before Ryan's find, and also had large horns.

That makes the newly found creature an intermediate between older forms with large horns and later small-horned relatives, said State of Utah paleontologist Jim Kirkland.... He predicted then that something like Ryan's find would turn up.

"Lo and behold, evolutionary theory actually works," he said.

posted on Wed, 03/07/2007 - 6:41pm

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