Dr. Caleb Brown tells tale of “Hell­boy” in this week’s Speaker Se­ries

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The Fe­bru­ary 4 ses­sion of the 2016 Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum Speaker Se­ries is a pre­sen­ta­tion by Dr. Caleb Brown, Post-doc­toral Fel­low, en­ti­tled ““Hell­boy” the Re­gal­icer­atops - What this New Horned Di­nosaur Tells us About The Evo­lu­tion of Cer­atop­sians.”

In June of 2015, the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum of Palaeon­tol­ogy re­vealed a new species of horned di­nosaur named Re­gal­icer­atops pe­ter­hewsi, mean­ing ‘royal horned face,’ a dis­cov­ery that turned out to be one of the most ex­cit­ing di­nosaur sto­ries of 2015.

The di­nosaur, a mem­ber of the Cer­atop­si­dae fam­ily, is no­tably dif­fer­ent from other known rel­a­tives in both the size and shape of the horns on its face and a dis­tinc­tive, crown-like frill at the back of its skull. The beaked, her­biv­o­rous di­nosaur dates from the Cre­ta­ceous Pe­riod, a time that saw the high­est di­ver­sity of cer­atop­sian di­nosaurs. Nick­named “Hell­boy” due to the com­bi­na­tion of dif­fi­cult ex­ca­va­tion con­di­tions and hard­ness of the rock sur­round­ing the skull, this spec­i­men has pro­vided ex­cit­ing new in­for­ma­tion about the evo­lu­tion of horned di­nosaurs.

This talk will high­light the story be­hind the dis­cov­ery and prepa­ra­tion of the skull and il­lus­trate the process in­volved with the de­scrip­tion and nam­ing of this new species. The talk will also show why the horns and frill of this new an­i­mal were so sur­pris­ing, and what this means for the pat­tern of evo­lu­tion of the horns and frill in the Cer­atop­si­dae.

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries talks are free and open to the pub­lic. The se­ries will be held ev­ery Thurs­day un­til April 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mu­seum au­di­to­rium. Speaker Se­ries talks are also avail­able on the Mu­seum’s YouTube chan­nel: youtube.com/user/Roy­alTyrrel­lMu­seum. Me­dia En­quiries

Dr. Caleb Brown, will be pre­sent­ing ““Hell­boy” the Re­gal­icer­atops - What this New Horned Di­nosaur Tells us About The Evo­lu­tion of Cer­atop­sians,” at this week’s Speaker Se­ries.

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