Since I’m not Darren Naish, I have trouble keeping up with every damned tetrapod on Earth. Compared to many of my colleagues however, I do have a great range of research interests so I’m stuck with trying to keep track of various archosaurs, pterosaurs and dinosaurs and the odd basal bird. Frankly, it’s hard enough keeping up with all the pterosaurs these days (not least becuase of the huge range of journals out there now, and the rate at which things are discovered, as well as the raw numbers).
Among all this, I must confess that I spend most of my ‘catching up’ time on dinosaurs with the theropods, then sauropods and then the ornithischians and prosauropods generally come a distant third. However, even I’m aware of just how many ceratopsians have appeared in the last few months and now there are two more!
Thanks to Scott Sampson, Andy Farke and others we can say hello to Utahceratops and Kosmoceratops. Their paper (in PloS One, so freely available too) however deals with much more than just a couple of new genera (despite their importance and interest in their own right). In it they argue that some of the ceratopsians from the Late Cretaceous of North America were geographically separated from one another within the continent such that the northern part held a different fauna to that in the south.
The authors themselves will be blogging about their work and the paper is out there so no need for me to say much more than ‘well done’ and to encourage you to go and read it.
Sampson, S., Loewen, M., Farke, A., Roberts, E., Forster, C., Smith, J., & Titus, A. (2010). New horned dinosaurs from Utah provide evidence for intracontinental dinosaur endemism PLoS ONE, 5 (9)