The skull of a newlydiscovered dinosaur species in Utah, Gryposaurus monumentensis, looked incredible from the outside. Scientists call this differentlooking dino a duckbilled dinosaur.
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for ripping leaves from plants. But what's within the skull is even more amazing: to begin with, some 300 teeth for grinding in the leaves it ate.
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teeth ready to drop into place as some wore out from all that chewing. "There are slots within their jaws for 40 to 50 rows of teeth, based on their age," says paleontologist Terry Gates from the Utah Museum of Natural History, one person in the research team studying the fossil skull. "Each slot has 4 or 5 replacement teeth. So when you need to do the mathtwo hundred times four jawsyou'll observe that there are a total of 800 teeth." The large dinosaur must have eaten lots of leaves to fuel its huge body and wear out so many teeth.
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of Utah, where fossils from many types of dinosaurs have been discovered.
Additional bones resulted in about three miles away, enabling paleontologists to figure out that this giant was at least 30 feet Buy Ugg Online Canada
(9.14 meters) long. "The humerus, or upper arm bone, is longer than my legit comes up to my hip," says Gates.
Gryposaurus monumentensis roamed this region looking for food during the Late Cretaceous Period, which was 75 million years ago. "We know the area was wet, humid, and swampy," says Gates. "There were lots of plants, but we don't know yet what they ate."
Paleontologists are surprised the duckbilled dinosaurs from Utah are different thanduckbilled dinosaurs that lived in Alberta, Canada, with what is now Dinosaur Provincial Park.
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didn't want to leave it. Or was there a river or mountain system blocking their way?"
"Paleontologists don't just dig up fossils, name new species, and throw fossils in a museum," he explains. "We rely on them to look at the evolution of life in those days in many parts of the world."
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What they learn about Gryposaurus monumentensis will help our understanding of dinosaur evolution.