Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Dinosaur Found in Big Bend National Park!

We haven't found a good image yet to share with you, but here's some exciting news:

New Dinosaur Found in Big Bend National Park!

From a press release issued yesterday by the park:

New Horned Dinosaur, Bravoceratops, Discovered in Big Bend National Park

On June 1st, 2013, researchers with the U.S. National Park Service and Texas Tech University unveiled a new species of horned dinosaur Bravoceratops polyphemus, recently discovered in Big Bend National Park.  Steven L. Wick and Thomas M. Lehman made the initial discovery two years ago after several months of fieldwork; they were able to recover portions of the giant skull.  Braveoceratops ("wild horn-face") is named after the Rio Bravo del Norte (Rio Grande), which marks the border between Big Bend National Park and northern Mexico.  The new find was first reported online in the journal Naturwissenschaften.

Bravoceratops polyphemus was one of the largest members of the group of horned dinosaurs called chasmosaurines, which lived during the Late Cretaceous Period from 75-65 million years ago.  In life, the animal had a skull about 7 feet in length, with both its brow horns each over three feet long.

More information should be posted soon on the park website, www.nps.gov/bibe

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