Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Say Hello to the New Guys
The Year of Ceratopsians continues with two new additions to the Chasmosaurinae: Utahceratops gettyi and Kosmoceratops richardsoni. I will give you two guesses as to where the former was discovered. Here's one hint: It's in the name. There was absolutely nothing about this animal that warranted a better, more imaginative moniker. Meanwhile, Kosmoceratops is heavily airbrushed, full of fashion advice, and knows the top ten ways to make your bull go wild in the bedroom. Another surprise is that Chasmosaurus irvinensis is renamed Vagaceratops irvinensis, as it turns out to be closer to Kosmoceratops than Chasmosaurus.
But seriously, this is fantastically exciting. The paper was published in PLoS One and is thus freely available for all. Check out the paper by clicking this lengthy link, but don't be surprised if you can't see the pictures or download the paper as a PDF. It would seem that PLoS One went on hiatus the second this paper was announced, thus going from "awesome free-access journal" to "cocktease."
But don't cry about it--go to The Internets, where people have been blogging about these new dinosaurs all morning. Do you want to know more? Click these links to do just that!
The Open Source Paleontologist
Don't get too excited: they're probably all just ontogenetic stages of each other.