Quirks & Quarks

Spectacular New Horned Dinosaur

Regaliceratops is related to Triceratops but its armoured "frill" boasts remarkable decorative plates

A unique head-frill makes this animal distinctive

Reconstruction of Regaliceratops peterhewsi (Julius T. Csotonyi. Courtesy of Royal Tyrrell Museum)
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A new relative of Triceratops, with a spectacular neck frill - discovered in south-western Alberta - has been unveiled by Dr. Caleb Brown, a paleontologist and Betsy Nichols Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, and his colleagues.

Regaliceratops peterhewsi is about 68 million years old, and is nicknamed Hellboy, partially because of its appearance, and partially because of the difficulty paleontologists had in extracting it from the hard rock in which it was entombed.  

Related Links

Paper in Current Biology
Smithsonian.com story
Discovery News article
CBC News story
Regaliceratops at the Tyrrell Museum