New dinosaur species to be unveiled in Colorado

WOODLAND PARK - A new dinosaur species will be unveiled at the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Woodland Park Wednesday.

This dinosaur, lovingly nicknamed Ava, doesn't even have a scientific name yet.

Paleontologists at Triebold Paleontology, Incorporated, say the dinosaur is a ceratopsian dinosaur. The dinosaur was discovered by Mike Triebold on a private ranch in Montana.

Ceratopsians are believed to beĀ herbivores and are known for a giant bony frill on the tops of their heads.

One of the most recognized ceratopsian dinosaurs are Triceratops.

According to the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Ceratopsians are ornithischians, or "bird-hipped" dinosaurs.

They were first seen in the beginning of the Cretaceous period, about 140 million years ago.

Scientists say Ava is a late Cretaceous ceratopsian.

Ava's skull and skeleton have been restored, molded, cast and mounted using a nearly complete fossil skeleton.

Laser scanning and 3D printing were used to fill in the few missing pieces of the skeleton.

Ava's unveiling at the RMDRC is at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The event will be live streamed on their Youtube Channel: http://bit.ly/1iqcqyY.

Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center at: http://www.rmdrc.com/.

(Ā© 2015 KUSA)


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