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

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

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On this episode, we focus on:

  • The dinosaur of the day: Diabloceratops
  • Identify means “satan horned face”
  • Has two giant horns popping out of its neck frill which might be 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 identify in honor of Jeffrey Eaton, a paleontologist and pal of Jim Kirkland
  • Jeffrey Eaton makes a speciality of 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 Probability Creek within the Wahweap Formation in Utah (partial cranium, with a part of the decrease jaw), nicknamed the Final Probability cranium
  • Two specimens (probably) have been discovered
  • Final Probability cranium is about 3 ft (1 m) lengthy
  • Took greater than 700 hours to arrange the “Final Probability” cranium
  • When it was found, it was the oldest recognized ceratopsid
  • Cranium has an adjunct cranium opening, which was frequent 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 Probability” specimen, but it surely’s not clear in the event that they’re the identical species (could also be Diabloceratops)
  • Had a deep, quick 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)
  • In all probability traveled in herds and will then stampede if threatened
  • Enjoyable truth: When paleontologists discuss “reptiles” they typically use the phrase “diapsid” as a substitute. 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 muscular tissues.

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