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Date:8/20/2014 12:49:36 AM
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Hey Big Baby
Today's pics are both of the same animal, protoceratops andrewsi, a cute little Chinese ceratopsian named after an old paleontologist, Roy Chapman Andrews. This animal was found intact (minus a couple of claws and a tail vertebra or 2) in the Flalming Hills of the Gobi Desert in the 1920s. It's interesting because it's alive at the same time as triceratops in North America, but its whole body is about the size of triceratops' head! What are the ceratopsians, you might ask? Well, they are all the guys with those incredible frilled neckpieces and horns on their faces. Again, scientists were puzzled by the fancy heads of these animals, but remember that they are related to US! So, the latest thinking is that, since many of the 'horns' on the necks are useless as weapons, and some of the frills are 5mm thick or less, they are for display again! Males may have been able to find females of the same species using the markings on the head frills, and may have even had bold, cool colors, stripes, or some other markings on them. More to come on the ceratopsians tomorrow. See you then, and here's a hug and a vote to hold you over til then! Gizmo
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