Ceratopsian with a Broad Tail – Koreaceratops
The discovery of the remains of a bizarre early Ceratopsian (horned dinosaur) from the Korean peninsula has been announced. This small, herbivorous dinosaur, a member of the same family of dinosaurs as the horned giants such as Styracosaurus and Triceratops may have been semi-aquatic – on home on the land and in the water. The partial skeleton has been excavated from rock that dates to approximately 103 million years ago (Cretaceous – Albian faunal stage). It represents a new genus of primitive Asian Ceratopsian and predates other dinosaur finds from south east Asia such as the small, agile, fully bipedal Ceratopsian – Graciliceratops (G. mongoliensis).
The fossils of this sheep-sized dinosaur were discovered by a South Korean, Japanese, American and Canadian team of scientists. The results of their study have been published in the online scientific journal Naturwissenchaften: The Science of Nature.
This new type of dinosaur has been formally named Koreaceratops hwaseongensis in honour of the South Korean city of Hwaseong (the name translates as “Korean horned face from Hwaseongensis city”).
One the scientists studying the fossils was Dr. Michael Ryan of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
Dr. Ryan commented:
“This is a rare find. Fossils of dinosaurs have not typically been found in this region, whereas evidence of dinosaur eggs and footprints occur more commonly.”