Even among its horned dino relatives, Wendiceratops looks pretty weird. This newly identified Triceratops relative had hooklike horns ringing its neck frill and a short, stout spike shooting from its snout. It roamed what is now Canada nearly 79 million years ago, making it one of the oldest horned dinos of its kind discovered to date, researchers report July 8 in PLOS ONE.
Wendiceratops pinhornensis gets its name from famed fossil hunter Wendy Sloboda and the Pinhorn Provincial Grazing Reserve in Alberta, where it was found. Scientists recovered more than 200 Wendiceratops fossils from the reserve. A reconstruction of the dino reveals that it was roughly 6 meters long and weighed about a ton; it also appeared to have a stout nasal horn not seen in other older dinos of the centrosaurine family. Wendiceratops may be an intermediary between dinos with barely there nasal horns, such as Albertaceratops, and ones with more prominent nose horns, such as Coronosaurus, the scientists suggest.
How do they even know what the horns look like if they don't even have the pieces? Anyway, the frill looks interesting!
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