Hellboy Dinosaur With Strange Horns and Crown Discovered in Canada
Sorry, but I am struggling with this one! Does the 68 million year old dinosaur ‘Regaliceratops peterhewsi‘ really look like Hellboy?
The new species appears to be a close relative to the Triceratops, and in addition to sharp horns on its nose and above its eyes, it has an ornate frill behind its head (something I don;t think Hellboy has?) and was probably used for sexual display.
A team of scientists from the Royal Tyrrel Museum of Paleontology in Canada has just discovered a new species of dinosaur with a few weird features. The dinosaur has been given the nickname “Hellboy” by the team due to its large nose horn and the difficulty in separating its bones from rock. The new fossil is similar in many ways to that of a Triceratops. Part of what makes this Hellboy dinosaur noticeably different is that its pair of eye horns is tiny in comparison to the Triceratops’, and all three horns are also shaped quite differently.
ROUGH CUT – NO REPORTER NARRATION Scientists had a tough a time getting the remarkable fossil of a dinosaur they dubbed “Hellboy” out of the hard limestone along a Canadian river bank where it was.
They call him “Hellboy,” and it’s easy to see why. Had you been there when it lived 68 million years ago in what is now Alberta province, Canada, you would not have wanted to mess with this horned dino, a close relative of the famed Triceratops. In addition to the sharp horns on its nose and over its eyes, which were probably used for defense against predators like Tyrannosaurus rex, this new species—dubbed Regaliceratops peterhewsi—had a particularly ornate frill behind its head, most likely for sexual display. (Regaliceratops in Latin means “royal horned face,” and peterhewsi is in honor of local geologist Peter Hews, who discovered it.)