June 4th

2015 – Regaliceratops announced

On this day in dinosaurs, a new ceratopsian was described for the first time. With pentagon-shaped spikes along the back of its neck frill, paleontologists thought the dinosaur seemed crowned. They named it Regaliceratops, “royal horned face.”


Like its cousin, Triceratops, Regaliceratops has 3 horns. Two over the eyes and one on its nose. But Regaliceratops bears small horns over its eyes and a larger nose horn.

The crown effect gave the dinosaur the nickname “Hellboy” which reverberated around the internet and gave this chasmosaurine its 15 minutes of fame.

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