New horned dinosaur species unearthed near Farmington

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Paleontologists discovered a new species of horned dinosaur in 74-million-year-old rocks south of Farmington.

The ‘Bisticeratops froeseorum‘ dinosaur was named after the Bisti/De-na-zin Wilderness area where the fossil was collected. The team believes the Bisticeratops was an 18-foot-long, plant-eating, horned dinosaur that lived in the jungles and swamps that existed 74 million years ago in northwestern New Mexico.

The discovered fossil includes most of the dinosaur’s skull with bite marks believed to be from a large predatory dinosaur.

The Bisticeratops is a part of a unique group of horned dinosaurs that lived in New Mexico around 74 million years ago, including the sierraceratops that was discovered near T or C last October.