In Canada suddenly found “strange animals with the face of dinosaurs” :
The wired face of dinosaurs “Horned Face Medusa of Loki” was discovered in an ossuary in Montana, not far from the Canadian border with Alberta.
Medusaceratops was not “discovered” until the bones were excavated, prepared, and mounted as a complete skeleton.
Ceratopsians are easily recognized by features of the skull. The rostral bone at the tip of a ceratopsian upper jaw is an edentulous (toothless) ossification, which is unique to ceratopsians. Othniel Charles Marsh identified and named this bone, which acts as a mirror image of the precordial bone on the lower jaw. This ossification helps in the morphological stabilization of the plant material.
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Together with the predentary bone, which forms the tip of the lower jaw in all ornithischians, the rostral forms a superficial parrot-like beak. In addition, the jugal bones below the eye are very long and jut out sideways, giving the skull a somewhat triangular appearance when viewed from above. This triangular appearance is accentuated in later ceratopsians by the extension of the skull roof posterior to the parietal and squamosal bones to form the neck frill.
Physical Attributes of Wired Face of Dinosaurs :
It was the wired face of dinosaurs shape and sturdiness of the unusual frill that gave Michael Ryan, Ph.D. (the scientist who described Albertaceratops) The idea that this new skeleton was a new species; Albertaceratops specimens were smaller and not as massive as this new skeleton. This led to a reevaluation of the skeleton which would soon be named as Medusaceratops (Face of Dinosaurs).
The distinctive, curved appendages on the frills of Medusaceratops. These strange features inspired the genus name for this new species – they inspired images of the Greek monster Medusa, who has the head of a snake. Many dinosaurs are named as per their unique skeleton features. The species name – Loki – refers to the Marvel Comics character Loki, the God of Mischief, as this specimen was confusingly similar to Albertaceratops.
Horn core of Medusaceratops. The horns of ceratopsians were solid bone, covered with a layer of keratin, the same material that makes up human hair and fingernails. The horn core is two feet long, but the horn was probably over three feet in length. Medusaceratops had a horn over each eye, similar to its more famous cousin – and possible descendant – Triceratops.
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