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Category: Triceratops

One might almost think from some accounts within a spate of small news items the last few days that paleontologists had found a UFO with unearthly bones in it. The news is in a report by a Canadian-born researcher, now at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, who published with colleagues a report in the ...

One might almost think from some accounts within a spate of small news items the last few days that paleontologists had found a UFO with unearthly bones in it. The news is in a report by a Canadian-born researcher, now at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, who published with colleagues a report in the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. They described analysis of  the oldest large ceratopsian known from Canada, one whose bones had been stored away in an Ottawa museum, unappreciated, for half a century. It is deeper on the ancestral tree than famous Triceratops, has about the same face and parrot-like beak, a big neck frill, and even more horns.

    But reading some of the accounts makes one wonder. How many reporters did any research into this family? I don't mean deep research. I mean any. A few of these stories make it seem that its goofy big head is something unlike any of its family ever seen. The press release (see Grist) may...

Dinos in the news again, this time from the bountiful...

Dinos in the news again, this time from the bountiful late-Mesozoic strata of Utah.  The  news follows a comfy, familiar, surefire plot - they're pretty big, very bizarre, and arrive in public with a colorful story of how these two new species of horned dinosaur were found and then exhaustively exhumed and analyzed. Best of all for reporters, editors, and art directors, the newsmaking institutions behind the discoveries provide colorful paintings of the parrot-beaked oversized rhino-like things with their  multiply horned muzzles, eyebrows,  and flaring frills of bone.

Do I sound jaded? I'm not. Love these guys. This is so in part because of the familiarity of the story. Just about everybody even half literate in North...