Researchers Discover A New Dinosaur That Had A Cool Large Spiked Mohawk

6According to scientists

According to author Pablo Gallina, the spines were long and thin. They coved the neck and back of the Bajadasaurus. This served as a protection from predators attacking. The reason why they were not simply just made from bone was to make them tougher and not break on impact. The spikes had keratin covering it to make them stronger.

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7Protecting the head

It is a well-known fact that big predators always go for the neck of their prey. This becomes harder when the prey had a large set of spikes protecting its neck from any attack. This was the reason why this dinosaur, as well as porcupines, are designed the way they are.

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8More discoveries about the spikes

Many scientists have speculated that the spines may have had layers of fat surrounding them like a camel has. Many other researchers have speculated that the spikes have also been used to regulate the animal’s body temperature. Since they have only found bones of the animal, the purpose of the spikes hasn’t been studied better.

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9What the spikes looked like

The spikes could be compared with the horns of a modern-day antelope. They had a thick sheath of keratin over them. This is the same material one can find in hair and nails. These spikes ran along the neck and back of the animal giving it a pretty intimidating look with a spiked Mohawk.

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10The origin of the name

The dinosaur is called Bajadasaurus pronuspinax. It is a combination of Spanish, Greek, and Latin which means “lizard from Bajada with forward-bending spines”. Reports have said the animals lived during the Cretaceous period which was around 140 million years ago. Since the creature was herbivorous, it needed to protect its self from predators and that’s why nature designed it this way.

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