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10:50 am
Fri June 4, 2010

New Dinosaur Discovered In New Mexico

New Mexico – A new horned dinosaur, one of the largest known, has been discovered in northwestern New Mexico.

It's called Ojoceratops (Oh-ho-SAHR-uh-tops).

Scientists say the newly discovered dinosaur was a predecessor to Triceratops and Torosaurus, two well-known dinosaurs from the end of the Cretaceous Period, 65 million to 70 million years ago.

The new dinosaur was discovered in the summer of 2005 in the Bisti/De-na-zin Wilderness of northwestern New Mexico by Denver Fowler, who is now a Ph.D. student at Montana State University.

Paleontologist Robert M. Sullivan of the State Museum of Pennsylvania led a series of expeditions that recovered the bones.

The genus name is derived from the Ojo Alamo Formation, the rock unit in which the dinosaur was found.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.