Archaeologists have found the remains of a dinosaur that could reshape our understanding of the natural history of the planet Earth.
The “triceratops”-style beast was discovered after the tooth was dug out of rock in Missippipi.
The ceratopsid dinosaur is believed to have wandered into North America between 66 and 68 million years ago.
Until now, scientists have believed old North America was completely divided into two by a huge sea.
But the discovery of the horned dinosaur has been suggested, there is a bridge between the two sides of America.
“The fossil is small, only the size of a quarter, but it packs a ton of information,” said Andrew Farke, a paleontologist at the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology.
“The shape of the tooth, with its characteristic split root, it is absolutely unique among the dinosaurs.”
“We only have one fossil, but it is more than enough to show that an animal very similar to triceratops – maybe even triceratops itself – in the east of North America.”
Until now horned dinosaurs, or ceratopsids, are found only in western North America, and Asia.
A huge body of water that linked the Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico splits the north american continent into eastern and western halves, which means life has evolved completely different.
Scientists are not able to find out when this “seaway” has disappeared.
Now that the discovery has presented the sea may have closed, at least in places, as Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, and walked the Earth and for the extinction of the dinosaurs, 66 million years ago.
“The discovery is shocking because [until now] fossils of ceratopsid horned dinosaurs never had discovered from eastern North America. It is definitely the most unique and important vertebrate fossil discovery I’ve ever made,” said George Phillips, curator of paleontology at the Mississippi Department of wildlife, Fisheries and Parks’ Museum of Natural Science.
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