I Know Dino Podcast Present Notes: Diabloceratops (Episode 112)

Episode 112 is all about Diabloceratops, a ceratopsian with two massive horns popping out of its frill which are the “satan horns”.

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On this episode, we talk about:

  • The dinosaur of the day: Diabloceratops
  • Title means “satan horned face”
  • Has two massive horns popping out of its neck frill which are the “satan horns”
  • A centrosaurine ceratopsian that lived within the Cretaceous in what’s now Utah
  • Jim Kirkland and Donald DeBlieux named Diabloceratops in 2010
  • Kind species is Diabloceratops eatoni
  • Species title in honor of Jeffrey Eaton, a paleontologist and buddy of Jim Kirkland
  • Jeffrey Eaton focuses on mammals, and has determined to not examine a couple of dinosaurs to review fossil mammal specimens that lived alongside dinsoaurs, so Kirkland “acquired again at him” by naming a dinosaur after him
  • Kind specimen present in 2002 by Don DeBlieux, at Final Likelihood Creek within the Wahweap Formation in Utah (partial cranium, with a part of the decrease jaw), nicknamed the Final Likelihood cranium
  • Two specimens (probably) have been discovered
  • Final Likelihood cranium is about 3 ft (1 m) lengthy
  • Took greater than 700 hours to arrange the “Final Likelihood” cranium
  • When it was found, it was the oldest recognized ceratopsid
  • Cranium has an adjunct cranium opening, which was widespread in basal ceratopsians, however disappeared in later ceratopsians (means cranium opening was once in all ceratopsians)
  • A second cranium has been discovered that’s much like the “Final Likelihood” specimen, but it surely’s not clear in the event that they’re the identical species (could also be Diabloceratops)
  • Had a deep, brief cranium
  • Had lengthy spikes on its frill
  • Had a big neck frill, small nasal horn, and will have had a second horn in entrance of that
  • Additionally had small horns above its eyes
  • Each specimens are on the Pure Historical past Museum of Utah
  • Ceratopsians had been ornithiscians
  • Lived in North America and Asia
  • They’d beaks and cheek tooth to eat fiberous vegetation
  • Additionally had a frill (used for protection, regulating physique temperature, attracting mates, or signaling hazard)
  • Most likely traveled in herds and will then stampede if threatened
  • Enjoyable reality: When paleontologists speak about “reptiles” they typically use the phrase “diapsid” as an alternative. That’s as a result of it’s a pleasant “monophyletic” group; not like reptiles which doesn’t embody all ancestors (particularly birds). Diapsid actually means “two arches” referring to the ancestral two holes of their cranium which can enable for stronger jaw muscle tissues.

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