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Paleoboffins have discovered a new terrifying, alien, twin horned dinosaur that roamed the earth 78 million years ago. Artist's impression of Xenoceratops Who're you calling alien horned face? Credit: Julius T. Csotonyi The newly named Xenoceratops foremostensis was around 20 feet long, weighed two tons and is the oldest …

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Now I know

So thats what you get if you cross a parrot with a rhino.

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Re: Now I know

Which was on top?

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Annoyed Lingua-Pedantry

FFS! Being "vegetarian" is an ethical position - an active choice made by a person to eschew eating meat or animal-derived products. I think you'll find that dinosaurs (or indeed any other animal) do not actively choose one way or the other and that the word "herbivore" is what you're looking for in this case.

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Re: Annoyed Lingua-Pedantry

So you think the dinos didn't have ethics? Prove It!

If no animal actively chooses one way or the other doesn't that mean that by your definition there is no such thing as a vegetarian anyway?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Annoyed Lingua-Pedantry

Yeah but as I vegetarian, a giant horned herbivore would make a great pet ... and would frighten that shotgun-toting hunter in the cul-de-sac.

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Re: Annoyed Lingua-Pedantry

" Do you think the dinos didn't have ethics? Prove It!"

Dinoursoars with Ethics, from Essex? (waking up from a long snooze)

Bunch of oiks. Glad they're extinct. (Back to sleep...)

Oh, can someone open the Thames barrier next week? Full tide. That'll flush their ethics out. Ta muchly.

(Back to sleep...)

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That's a lot of horn for veggies to support

Given the expenditure of energy needed to haul around all that plate armor, Xeno C must have found the Canada of its days full of some seriously rough predatorial neighbours.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: That's a lot of horn for veggies to support

What do you mean 'of its day'?

Even today, our neighbour to the south.....

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Re: That's a lot of horn for veggies to support

'Given the expenditure of energy needed to haul around all that plate armor, Xeno C must have found the Canada of its days full of some seriously rough predatorial neighbours.'

They had to deal with the Canadian members of the Tyrannosauridae family, which like modern Canadians are less terrifying than their American neighbours, but still included the delightfully betoothed Gorgosaurus:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorgosaurus_libratus

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weird pattern of horns?

Not sure what's weird about an arrangement thats evolved to stop you being eaten.

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Re: weird pattern of horns?

That's a pattern of horns intended for fighting with another beastie with a similar pattern of horns, i.e. they were territorial or competing for mates, rather than defending against a differently tooled-up predator like a tyrannosaur. In that sense it's like a pair of antlers, good when up against another pair, but a bit useless otherwise.

If you can imagine two of these facing off, then the smaller horns are in the right places for eye-gouging action, the large pair at the top are good for leverage to prise the large defensive plate upwards and do damage to the softer parts around the opponent's neck. The small stud-like horn appendages around the rim of the shield are there to impede an opponent from sliding his horns around the edge to where he can get an advantage.

If you can't visualise how this would play out, get a decent 3D sculpting app (such as ZBrush) and a 3D printer, model it, print out a couple of copies and test how a fight would go.

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any relation to Xenu?

Does the CoScientology know about this? Maybe these were pets of Xenu, the dictator of the "Galactic Confederacy."

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Still getting a giggle out of dinos when teaching about them in class:

Me: What color were dinosaurs?

Kids: red? no... blue? no... brown? no... etc...

BBC Walking with Dinosaurs is, IMHO still the best doc series!

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Re: Still getting a giggle out of dinos when teaching about them in class:

> Me: What color[sic] were dinosaurs?

White and pink with a little tattoo on the rump.

Plus, they had delicate fleshy webs between those horns so that they could cool themselves, rather like elephant ears.

Not so terrible now, are they?

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Still discovering the basics...

That's good. I wonder what's the percentage of what they now know compared to what was? Is it 50%, or 0.005%? Has anyone even estimated this ratio? I suspect it's much lower than anyone might think.

The point being: the overly detailed descriptions of what was going on way back then must be inaccurate.

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HORNY ALIEN vegetarian monsters once ROAMED CANADA

How is this news? Horny alien vegetarian monsters still roam the Vancouver area, they're not even hard to find.

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@Nolveys

No, they're LibDems on holiday...

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what does that have to do with being horney?

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