Dinosaur species discovered in 2000 named 'Zaraapelta'
An old dinosaur has been given a new name. The new species of ankylosaur, shown in a handout sketch, was discovered in Mongolia in 2000 by a team led by University of Alberta researchers. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Alberta/Danielle Dufault)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:19PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:54PM EDT
EDMONTON -- An old dinosaur has been given a new name.
A new species of ankylosaur was discovered in Mongolia in 2000 by a team led by University of Alberta researchers.
A zoological journal published a paper this week by the same group naming the creature Zaraapelta nomadis.
Zaraapelta is a combination of Mongolian and Greek works meaning "hedgehog" and "shield."
Like other ankylosaurs, Zaraapelta was an armoured plant-eater with a gigantic club for a tail.
But it was more spectacular than most, with distinctive horns and an elaborate pattern of bumps and grooves behind its eyes.
Its skull is part of a collection at the Mongolian Paleontologist Center.