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13 March 2012


Robert Currie

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Congratulations, It's a Unescopceratops Koppelhusae!

Clan Currie Honoree Discovers New Dinosaur

A new horned dinosaur has been named based on fossils collected from Alberta, Canada. Unescopceratops koppelhusae is a new species from the Leptoceratopsidae horned dinosaur family. The herbivore lived during the Late Cretaceous, between 75 to 83 million years ago. The specimen is described in Cretaceous Research.

"This dinosaur fills important gaps in the evolutionary history of small-bodied horned dinosaurs that lack the large horns and frills of relatives like Triceratops from North America," said lead author Michael Ryan, Ph.D., curator of vertebrate paleontology at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Unescoceratops koppelhusae lived approximately 75 million years ago. Measuring about one to two meters (6.5 feet) and weighing less than 91 kilograms (200 pounds), it had a short frill behind its head, no skull ornamentation and a parrot-like beak. Its teeth were lower and rounder than those of any other leptoceratopsid. Its hatchet-shaped jaw had a bone that projected below the jaw like a small chin.

The lower left jaw fragment of Unescoceratops was discovered in 1995 in Dinosaur Provincial Park, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site by Philip Currie, Ph.D., now of the University of Alberta. Described in 1998 by Ryan and Currie, the dinosaur was referred to as Leptoceratops.

Subsequent research by Ryan and the Royal Ontario Museum's David Evans, Ph.D., determined the specimen was a new genus and species. The genus is named to honor the UNESCO site designation for the locality where the specimen was found and from the Greek "ceratops," meaning "horned face." The species is named for palynologist Eva Koppelhus, Ph.D., wife of Currie.

Second author Evans, of the Royal Ontario Museum, said, "Small-bodied dinosaurs are typically poorly represented in the fossil record, which is why fragmentary remains like this new leptoceratopsid can make a big contribution to our understanding of dinosaur ecology and evolution."

The Clan Currie Society, in conjunction with the Canadian Friends of Scotland will host a fundraiser to support the new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Alberta, Canada on Wednesday, March 21 in New York City. For additional information, phone (908) 273-3509 or email the Society at [email protected].

Click on the image below to view the invitation.