A new species of dinosaur has been discovered in Mexico following a 10-year expedition in the region, delighting local palaeontologists and the scientific community.
Mexico's acclaimed Desert Museum recently unveiled its latest attraction, the remains of a new dinosaur species called Yehuecauhceratops mudei (ancient horned face).
The dinosaur was native to the country's northern desert region and was discovered by a group of palaeontologists during a decade-long dig that also included a team of 40 specialists from Germany.
The first remains of the dinosaur were found early in 2017 in the Ejido La Salada area of the desert in the state of Coahuila.
Following the discovery, experts have managed to reconstruct around 60 percent of the dinosaur’s skeleton. Hector Rivera, head of the palaeontology department at the Desert Museum, said that researchers immediately noticed that the fossils did not appear to be the same as other dinosaur species.
The expedition was carried out in four phases, following which experts concluded that the dinosaur dates back to around 73 million years ago. It was relatively small and a herbivore, roaming the region when it was coastal and floodplain grazing marsh.
Four other unique dinosaur fossils have been found in the same area, including the flying reptile Pterosaur. Palaeontologists believe there are still many more dinosaurs to be uncovered in Coahuila. The newest species is of the genus of the horned centrosaurine ceratopsid from the Late Cretaceous period.
A replica of the dinosaur will be unveiled at the Desert Museum in late February.