Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 28, 2013

Of hominids and xenoceratops

Ben Morris
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — A note in The American Journal of Physical Anthropology reports that archaeologists excavating in the Jordan Valley have unearthed the well-preserved, most complete early Epipateolithic hominid human remains discovered to date in Israel.

The remains have been dated to ca.19,000 years and promise to shed light on the local evolution of anatomically modern humans.

Meanwhile, paleontologists in Canada recently unearthed the fossilized remains of a brand new species of dinosaur that roamed Canada some 80 million years ago. The animal, dubbed Xenoceratops foremostensis, weighed in at 4,000 pounds and was approximately 20 feet long.

Despite its enormous facial horns and parrot-like beak, which the animal used for self-defense rather than hunting, was apparently a gentle vegetarian much like modern deer and elk. Of course, it would have used its armor during the mating season.

Ben Morris, MA, RPA, is an archaeological and historical columnist for the Daily News. He can be reached at 812-932-0298 or bjmorris1935@gmail.com.