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Re: Early Ceratopian



Here's part of the article about the dino (from the AP, 10/2/98):

   "Name Given To Horned Dinosaur"

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- An 8-year-old boy has the distinction of
    having a dinosaur named after him. And not just any dinosaur.

    The creature -- dubbed Zuniceratops christopheri -- is believed to be
    the oldest horned dinosaur ever found, some 90 million years old.

    The first of its fossils were discovered Nov. 11, 1996, in western New
    Mexico by Christopher Wolfe of Phoenix and his dad, paleontologist
    Doug Wolfe. Chris found the first piece.

SNIP

    The fossilized fragments were from the small horn that protects the
    creature's eye. The plant-eating dinosaur also was marked by a
    ``frill,'' a shield that swept back from its neck, like that of a
    Triceratops.

    Besides the horn and the brow itself, Christopher and his father, an
    adjunct curator at the Mesa (Ariz.) Southwest Museum, found jaw parts,
    the brain case, teeth and other fossils.

    Jim Kirkland, a paleontologist from Fruita, Colo., theorizes the
    three-horned Zuniceratops was 10 to 12 feet long, maybe 500 pounds and
    lived 90 million to 92 million years ago.

Hope this helps you,


        Allan Edels


-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Meyerson <rjmeyer@ix.netcom.com>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 1998 6:23 PM
Subject: Early Ceratopian


>Does anyone have any information on the new ceratopian found here in the
States?  I am referring to the one that is the earliest one known (the name
has slipped from memory).  Any information would be valuable.
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>Thanks in advance.
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>Shalom,
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>Rob Meyerson
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