Monday, August 2, 2010

Dinosaur of the Month- Dracorex hogwartsia

Dracorex hogwartsia is the first flat headed pachycephalosaurid discovered in North America and is 66-million-year-old, and the first-of-its-kind dragon-like dinosaur !
" Adrienne Mayor, a renowned classical folklorist and the author of "The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times" and "Fossil Legends of the First Americans" had the opportunity to see Dracorex hogwartsia. "The shape of the dinosaur's skull, with its long muzzle, bizarre knobs and horns, surprised the scientists," Mayor said. "But the skull looks strangely familiar to anyone who has studied dragons! Dracorex has a remarkable resemblance to the dragons of ancient China and medieval Europe." from

Size and Weight: About 12 feet long; weight unknown

Diet: Plants

Distinguishing Characteristics: Long, thick skull with spiked horns

About Dracorex:

This dinosaur was dug up in 2004 and  the partial skull of this dinosaur was donated to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

There's some controversy about Dracorex among paleontologists because of it is very similar-looking to the Stygimoloch (whose much less child-friendly name means "horned demon from the river of hell.")From further research scienctist have concluded that both  Dracorex and Stygimoloch represented earlier growth stages of yet another dinosaur genus--Pachycephalosaurus.

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