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Two newly identified dinosaurs donned weird horns

Grooves, spiky shield not previously seen in Triceratops relatives

2:00pm, June 27, 2016
<em>Machairoceratops cronusi</em> and <em>Spiclypeus shipporum</em>

DOUBLE TROUBLE  Researchers have discovered two new species of dinosaurs with unusual horns. 

Two newly discovered Triceratops relatives sported some peculiar headgear.

Researchers uncovered skull fragments of Machairoceratops cronusi in 77-million-year-old mudstone from the Wahweap Formation in southern Utah. Unlike other horned dinosaurs, the roughly 8-meter-long M. cronusi had two grooved horns with spatula-like tips bowed forward from the back of its neck shield. The grooves’ function baffles researchers.

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