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Unusual New Species of Dinosaur Identified 49

Posted by timothy
from the all-dinosaurs-are-currently-unusual dept.
cervesaebraciator writes "A new species of heterodontosaur, called Pegomastax, has been identified. Paul Sereno, a University of Chicago paleontologist, published a description of this species in a recent issue of ZooKeys. Although this diminutive (60 cm or less) species was herbivorous, it also possessed a set of sharp, stabbing canines in its parrot-shaped beak. Dr. Sereno holds that these canines where likely 'for nipping and defending themselves, not for eating meat.' Perhaps the most imaginatively intriguing aspect of all, the body of the Pegomastix might have been covered in porcupine-like quills, making for perhaps the least attractive dinosaur of all time. You can almost hear Dieter Stark screaming 'Helvetes jävlar!'"
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Unusual New Species of Dinosaur Identified

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  • by djl4570 (801529) on Saturday October 06, 2012 @06:25AM (#41566845) Journal
    Every time I read about a new species of dinosaur I keep this documentary in mind: A Third of Dinosaur Species Never Existed? [nationalgeographic.com]

    Many dinosaurs may be facing a new kind of extinction—a controversial theory suggests as many as a third of all known dinosaur species never existed in the first place.
    That's because young dinosaurs didn't look like Mini-Me versions of their parents, according to new analyses by paleontologists Mark Goodwin, University of California, Berkeley, and Jack Horner, of Montana State University.

    The documentary makes a compelling case that juvenile examples of various species have been misidentified as a separate species of dinosaur.

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