It’s always exciting when scientists discover a new dinosaur. However, the paleontologists from the University of Utah, Natural History Museum of Utah, and James Cook University have unearthed a truly awesome specimen. Akainacephalus johnsoni belongs to a group of armored dinosaurs. Interestingly, it stands out for its elaborate spiky head armor and massive tail club.
Akainacephalus johnsoni was recovered at the Kaiparowits Formation in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Kane County, Southern Utah. Paleontologists Jelle Wiersma and Randall Irmis found the bones and discovered that it is a new specimen. They unearthed a complete skull, the vertebral column, its tail club and a nearly complete synsacrum. The paleontologists also recovered some of the limbs as well as a suite of postcranial osteoderms.
The skull of Akainacephalus johnsoni is covered in elaborate spikes.
So what makes the Akainacephalus johnsoni so remarkable? The scientists found that it is closely related to Nodocephalosaurus kirtlandensis, an ankylosaurid dinosaur that lived about 77 million years ago. Both specimens belong to a group of four-legged herbivorous armored dinosaurs called ankylosaurids. Interestingly, ankylosaurids were initially discovered in Asia.
The dinosaur’s location offered insight on what happened to the North American continent during the Late Cretaceous epoch which is between 95-70 million years ago.
According to the scientists, the lowering of sea levels allowed dinosaurs to travel from Asia to North America.
“Such is exactly the case with Akainacephalus johnsoni,” they wrote. “Not only is this the first described and named Late Cretaceous ankylosaurid dinosaur from Utah, but this unique animal also strengthens the evidence that distinct northern and southern provincialism existed during the late Campanian stage in Laramidia. We don’t see this type of ankylosaurid dinosaurs in the fossil record of northern Laramidia.”
The Akainacephalus johnsoni appears capable of taking on predators with its tough body armor
Wiersma and Irmis certainly chose a fitting name for Akainacephalus johnsoni. Its generic name combines the Greek word “akaina” (spike) with “kephalè” (head). The specimen’s specific name is derived from Randy Johnson, the retired chemist who helped prepare its skull. The bones can be found at Natural History Museum of Utah.
Great Pyramid of Giza Reportedly Works Like The World’s Oldest Solar Cell
The new discovery could prove to be useful in creating more efficient solar cells.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the most magnificent structures of the ancient world. Although scientists have been studying the pyramid for several years, there is still much to be learned about Khufu's Horizon. But is it possible that the Great Pyramid is also the world's oldest solar cell?
People have long theorized that the structure is capable of harnessing energy from its surroundings. Interestingly, a new study confirms that the chambers in the pyramid "can collect and concentrate electromagnetic energy." The researchers pointed out that the pyramid can both scatter or absorb the energy in its chambers. Not surprisingly, some believe that the scientists have found that Giza's Great Pyramid is a large ancient solar cell.
The Great Pyramid is the oldest structure listed in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Unlocking The Mystery About Life On The Moon
Does this answer the old-age question?
Although it may seem improbable if you look at the moon today, the age-old question about whether there was ever life on the moon may have just been answered.
As we all know, the moon is arid and devoid of air, no magnetic fields, and waterless, except for those frozen in craters at the pole. It wouldn’t take a scientist to conclude that the moon is as hostile to life as you can get.
Actually, life may have existed on the moon 4 billion years ago.
An Underwater Lake Of Liquid Was Detected On Mars, Can This Be A Sign?
Does this prove that there’s really life on Mars?
The chance of life on Mars just got even more possible. The possibility came from the discovery of evidence found on the underground lake of liquid on the Red Planet.
Just around a mile beneath Mars’ surface near its south pole, a reservoir of salt water was detected. Right below the layers of rock and ice.
The Mars Express spacecraft made this astonishing discovery.