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Akainacephalus johnsoni: New Armored Dinosaur Species Discovered

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Akainacephalus johnsoni: New Armored Dinosaur Species Discovered | Paleontology | Sci-News.com

A new species of ankylosaurid dinosaur being named Akainacephalus johnsoni has been discovered by paleontologists Jelle Wiersma and Randall Irmis from the University of Utah, Natural History Museum of Utah, and James Cook University. The discovery is reported in the journal PeerJ.

This species belongs to a group of four-legged herbivorous armored dinosaurs called ankylosaurids (family Ankylosauridae) that lived in Asia and western North America during the Late Cretaceous epoch (100-66 million years ago). One of the unique features of these creatures is the presence of a characteristic bony tail club.
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This dinosaur lived approximately 76 million years ago and was 13-16 feet (4-5 m) long and 3.5 feet (1-1.5 m) tall at the hips.

This is at least the third major fossil discovery in Utah this year.
 
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