Dino Spikes Were Hot
New research says the spikes on a newly discovered dinosaur species may look strange now, but they were ‘sexy’ 72 million years ago, the National Geographic News reported.
Named Pachyrhinosaur lakustai, the ‘bizarre dino’ is related to Triceratops.
The creature’s bones were first found along the Pipestone Creek riverbed in Alberta, Canada in the 1970s by Al Lakusta, for whom the species is named.
The dinosaur has a big bone on its nose to carry a large central horn, two small spiky bones on top of its eyes, and three spikes at the center of its forehead, the largest of which is about a foot in length.
It’s “one of the most bizarre-looking dinosaurs ever,” said Scott Sampson of the Utah Museum of Natural History.
“It has more bony bells and whistles than just about any animal I’ve ever heard of.”
Despite their less-than-cuddly appearance, researchers believe other Pachyrhinosaurs would have found the sharp adornments appealing.
Philip Currie, a paleontologist at the University of Alberta, said “it’s generally conceded that these horns on the face and the frill were to make [the dinosaurs] attractive to potential mates.”