You may not be a dinosaur lover, but chances are that you have hear of the T-Rex and Triceratops anyway, since they are the two most popular dinosaurs in pop culture. But, just a short while ago, scientists have found the `Hellboy` dinosaur, which looks very much like the triceratops and, since he looks both tough and colorful and he also has got such cool nickname, we might just add another enormous reptile to our common most popular dinosaurs list in the near future.
The official name of the dinosaur is actually Regaliceratops peterhewsi, but you must admit that it does not sound as good as Hellboy. The complicated Latin name was given to the dinosaur because of its frill which looks like a crown and in connection to the name of the man who discovered its fossils in 2005.
Peter Hews has explained that he came across the Hellboy dinosaur while being around a cliff close to the Oldman River located in Alberta, Canada. He has added that the skull of the horned dinosaur was sticking out of the land and it looked almost impeccably conserved.
“The specimen comes from a geographic region of Alberta where we have not found horned dinosaurs before, so from the onset we knew it was important,”
Dr. Caleb Brown has said in a statement. Dr. Caleb Brown is a scientist affiliated to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology located in Alberta, Canada.
According to the researchers who have commented on the matter, it looks like the process of getting the bones of the Hellboy dinosaur out of the ground was a difficult task. And, they have added, it was only then when they were able to see that the horned dinosaur was of an undiscovered species.
Dr. Caleb Brown has added that many researchers who activate in the field of studying the horned dinosaurs have come to see the fossils of the Regaliceratops peterhewsi. According to Brown, they were astonished by the discovery.
The nickname Hellboy came in reference to the famous comic book character, because of the difficulty that the researchers faced when they tried to get the fossils out of the ground.
The scientists have virtually reconstructed the structure of a Hellboy dinosaur. They have come to the conclusion that the Regaliceratops was very much alike the Triceratops, however Hellboy has a different neck frill and and a prominent nose horn.
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