November 2, 2012

A Mysterious Dome-Skulled Dinosaur

Brian Switek, Smithsonian


AP Photo

Earlier this year, paleontologists Andrea Cau, Fabio Dalla Vecchia and Matteo Fabbri described a strange, 95-million-year-old skull scrap from an unknown dinosaur. Acquired by a commercial collector from Morocco’s Kem Kem beds and later donated to Italy’s Museo Paleontologico di Montevarchi, the bone showed signs that it belonged to a carcharodontosaurid–massive cousins of the familiar Allosaurus.

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TAGGED: Paleontology, Skulls, Fossils, Dinosaurs

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