A new genus and species of dinosaur was recently discovered in southern Alberta, Canada. The team of paleontologists who discovered the dinosaur has named it Wendiceratops pinhornensis in honor of local Alberta fossil hunter Wendy Sloboda. The name literally translates into "Wendy's horned-face." Paleontologists discovered more than 200 bones from at least 4 of the dinosaurs, which they feel represented 3 adults and one juvenile. If you think the name Wendiceratops sounds like Triceratops, you're right, the two are related. Wendiceratops pinhornensis live about 79 million years ago during the Cretaceous period... coincidently the same time period when most of the dinosaurs in the movie Jurassic Park live, but that's a different story for a different blog post! The recently discovered dinosaur was about 20 ft. or 6 meters long and weighed more than 1,000 kg (a little more than a ton).
The most distinctive feature of Wendiceratops pinhornensis was its curled horns around the perimeter of a crown-like structure on its skull. Palentologists feel that these horns were more for impressing the opposite sex than anything else. This dinosaur was a herbivore and would eat plants with a bird-like beak. Wendiceratops pinhornensis was published by David Evans (Dept. of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum) and Michael Ryan (Dept. of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History) in the open access journal PLOS one.