Scientists Identify Newly Discovered ‘Hellboy’ Dinosaur In Canada

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They call him “Hellboy,” and it’s easy to see why. A close relative of Triceratops, Hellboy had sharp horns on its nose and over its eyes to defend against predators like T. rex. (Royal Tyrrell Museum Image)

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Regaliceratops peterhewsi was discovered by a member of the public in southeastern Alberta in 2005. (Royal Tyrrell Museum Video)

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The specimen took nearly 10 years from discovery to display. (Royal Tyrrell Museum Image)

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Regaliceratops peterhewsi is a newly described genus and species of ceratopsid (horned dinosaur) that lived during the Late Cretaceous 68.5 – 67.5 million years ago. (Royal Tyrrell Museum Image)

Royal Tyrrell Museum – Regaliceratops peterhewsi was discovered by a member of the public in southeastern Alberta in 2005.

Nicknamed “Hellboy” due to the combination of difficult excavation conditions and hardness of the rock surrounding the skull, the specimen took nearly 10 years from discovery to display.

Regaliceratops peterhewsi is a newly described genus and species of ceratopsid (horned dinosaur)
lived during the Late Cretaceous 68.5 – 67.5 million years ago.

Upon discovery, it was instantly noticeable that this specimen was something that had never been seen before, especially considering its unlikely location and unique features.

The research on this specimen was completed by Royal Tyrrell Museum scientists Dr. Caleb Brown, Post-doctoral Fellow, and Dr. Donald Henderson, Curator of Dinosaurs.

Their research has greatly increased the understanding of the evolution of horned dinosaurs.


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