Planet Earth

Meet Concavenator, the Humpbacked Dinosaur

80beatsBy Eliza StricklandSep 8, 2010 6:57 PM
concavenator.jpg

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

From Ed Yong:

Dinosaur bodies are covered in all sorts of spikes, horns, plates that were used for defence, combat and identification. But sometimes, these body parts are so bizarre that their purpose is a mystery. The latest in these strange projections belongs to Concavenator, a new giant predator with two spikes sticking up from the vertebrae just in front of its hips. They would probably have given the dinosaur a strange hump on its back.

Read the rest of this post at Not Exactly Rocket Science.

Related Content: 80beats: Frozen in Stone: An Ancient Snake Poised to Devour Dinosaur Eggs

80beats: Scientists Blow Up Super-Hard Rock to Get to Dinosaur Skulls

80beats: Early Dino Had Crazy Colored Feathers; Resembled “Spangled Hamburg Chicken”

Discoblog: What You Get When You Name a New Dinosaur Over Beers: Mojoceratops

Image: Raúl Martín

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Magazine Examples
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!

Subscribe

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.