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New species of horned dinosaurs found in Utah

Fossil hunters have uncovered the remains of an ancient beast that can lay claim to the dubious title of the horniest animal ever to walk the Earth.

world Updated: Sep 24, 2010 01:08 IST

Fossil hunters have uncovered the remains of an ancient beast that can lay claim to the dubious title of the horniest animal ever to walk the Earth.

The creature lived 76 million years ago in the warm, wet swamps of southern Utah and was remarkable in bearing 15 full-sized horns on its head.

The animal, named Kosmoceratops, had one horn over its nose, one over each eye, one protruding from each cheek bone and a row of ten across the frill at the back of its head.

As opposed to earlier belief, many palaeontologists now believe that dinosaurs' horns were often more for sexual display. gns

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