New species links two ages of dinosaurs

first_imgCLEVELAND – A newly discovered dinosaur species was a plant-eater with yard-long horns over its eyebrows, suggesting an evolutionary middle step between older dinosaurs with even larger horns and the small-horned creatures that followed, experts said. The dinosaur’s horns, thick as a human arm, are like those of triceratops – which came 10 million years later. However, this animal belonged to a subfamily that usually had bony nubbins a few inches long above its eyes. Michael Ryan, curator of vertebrate paleontology for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, published the discovery in this month’s Journal of Paleontology. He dug up the fossil six years ago in southern Alberta, Canada, while a graduate student for the University of Calgary. “Unquestionably, it’s an important find,” said Peter Dodson, a University of Pennsylvania paleontologist. “It was sort of the grandfather or great-uncle of the really diverse horned dinosaurs that came after it.” Ryan named the new dinosaur Albertaceratops nesmoi, after the region and Cecil Nesmo, a rancher near Manyberries, Alberta, who has helped fossil hunters. The creature was about 20 feet long and lived 78 million years ago. The oldest known horned dinosaur in North America is called Zuniceratops. It lived 12 million years before Albertaceratops nesmoi and also had large horns. That makes the newly found creature an intermediate between older forms with large horns and later small-horned relatives, said state of Utah paleontologist Jim Kirkland, who with Douglas Wolfe identified Zuniceratops in New Mexico in 1998. He predicted then that something like Ryan’s find would turn up. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘Humble’ Pumas move atop Liga MX

first_imgLiga MX Pumas atop Liga MX but staying humble after two victories Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 08:49 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nicolas Castillo Pumas Ronaldo Schemidt Liga MX Pumas Pumas v Atlas Atlas After finishing dead last in the Apertura, Pumas are atop the league after two weeks, but new manager David Patino knows there’s still plenty to do The Liga MX leader after Jornada 2 is a surprising but familiar face. Pumas’ 3-1 win over Atlas on Sunday afternoon means coach David Patino’s men are one of just two teams to take all six points out of the first possible six. The other, Leon, has scored fewer goals and sits second. Far less important than being the superlider after two weeks is how Patino has Pumas fans dreaming again.The former Pumas forward has rejuvenated the current crop of Pumas’ forwards, with Nicolas Castillo already up to four goals in two games and Matias Alustiza adding one today as a reward for his strong work alongside the Chilean.The two wins were different. Pumas needed an aggressive comeback at the Estadio Hidalgo to top Pachuca after falling behind 2-0 early last week. It was obvious Sunday that they weren’t going to make the same mistake. Jesus Gallardo found Castillo in the sixth minute with a gorgeous pass from his left foot. Castillo brought down the ball and beat Cristopher Toselli to give the home side the early lead. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player #NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Nicolás [email protected] 1-0 @atlasfc #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/4yVdEKp0r2— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018It again was Castillo creating issues for the opposing defense on Pumas’ second goal. The 24-year-old pressured Atlas right back Juan Vigon into a poor pass for Leiton Jimenez. The Atlas center back coughed up possession and Castillo pounced, setting up Alustiza and sending Pumas into the halftime break with a two-goal lead.Nicolas Castillo Pumas Juan Vigon AtlasCastillo confirmed the victory by winning and converting a penalty just after the hour mark as the Estadio Universitario was able to celebrate a victory for the first time since Oct. 17, 2017. Pumas didn’t let go of the momentum with even Ravel Morrison’s beautiful goal from a free kick failing to dampen their enthusiasm.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Ravel [email protected] 3-1 @atlasfc #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/ld61n9ZZdn— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018After all, this once-great team – the runner-up as recently as the 2015 Apertura – finished dead last in Liga MX in the recently concluded Apertura. Patino took over as the interim coach after Paco Palencia was fired, but sticking with the former Pumas player seemed like a move of convenience more than brilliance after Patino ran off a few draws but also struggled to get victories. The early results in this tournament say otherwise – that while Palencia wasn’t a young Mexican manager who has what it takes to lead Pumas into a successful new era, the 50-year-old Patino is.The attack is thriving with Castillo getting a boost from Alustiza playing behind him and with Marcelo Diaz and David Cabrera in the midfield looking to get the ball forward after winning it. At the back, Alejandro Arribas looks like an improvement at center back next to Luis Quintana, though the Spaniard had to leave Sunday’s game with an injury.It’s the first time since the 2011 Apertura that Pumas have won their first two matches, but Patino isn’t getting ahead of himself.”I’m really happy with the two matches, but this is just getting started. We’re not going to (celebrate prematurely) or change our style,” Patino said after Sunday’s win. “Humility above everything and work. That’s it.”Staying humble is at the center of Patino’s model, but Pumas’ fans will have extra swagger around Mexico City and beyond this week. Their team is in first place, and they’re dreaming of big things once again.last_img read more