“Newly ‘discovered’ dino has heart shaped mojo”

Taking another look ar some ancient dinosaurs remains in the basement of at the American Museum of Natural History, Nicholas Longrich a postdoctoral associate at Yale found a fossilized bone fragment from a previously unknown dinosaur genus.

Mojoceratops, the dinosaur, was  a large plant-eater marked by its gaudy heart-shaped headgear that lived about 75 million years ago in the late Cretaceous period. Its fossils are found in Canada’s Alberta and Saskatchewan provinces.

“Mojo” seems like an unusual name for an ancient dinosaur, but its an early 20th-century African-American term meaning a magic charm or talisman, especially that used to attract sexual partners. So Mojoceratops seems to have been part of the stylish dinosaurs very much into impressing the ladies.

Paleontologists originally thought the Mojoceratops was part of that genus, and used plaster to restore the fossil to make the two specimens look identical. For more than 75 years, no one spotted Mojoceratops. Plastering to make perfection was a more common practice decades ago.

Mojoceratops, the dinosaur, was  a large plant-eater marked by its gaudy heart-shaped headgear that lived about 75 million years ago in the late Cretaceous period.

This drawing by Mr. Longrich (at the left) is his rendition of how the Mojoceratops might have looked back in the day.

Mr. Longrich’s finding was published this week in the Journal of Paleontology.

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