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Spinops

Spinops (Greek for "spined face"); pronounced SPY-nops lived in Woodlands of North America in late Cretaceous (80-75 million years ago). It was 3 metres long and ate plants. It had single horn on snout and a spiked neck frill.

                                                        <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:18pt;background-position:initialinitial;background-repeat:initialinitial;">Not all dinosaur discoveries are the result of expeditions to far-off places like Mongolia or Africa. Sometimes you only have to venture as far as the London Natural History Museum, where the fragmented bones of Spinops were interred for nearly 100 years before a team of paleontologists finally got around to examining them. The "type fossil" of Spinops was discovered in 1916, in Canada, by the famous paleontologist Charles Sternberg; the London museum was unimpressed by the find, though, and relegated the remains to its capacious storage rooms. <p class="MsoNormal" style="background-position:initialinitial;background-repeat:initialinitial;">In 2011, the bones of Spinops were studied by a team of researchers led by Andrew Farke, who realized they were dealing with a ceratopsian—horned and frilled—dinosaur closely related to Styracosaurus and Centrosaurus. Spinops was slightly smaller, "only" about two tons compared to three or four tons for its more famous relatives, and it merited its genus assignation by its distinctive, spiked frill, which was unlike that of any other ceratopsian dinosaur. (Get ready for some controversy, though; some paleontologists will doubtless claim that Spinops was really a "growth stage" of an already named dinosaur genus.) <p class="MsoNormal">

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