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Artist’s impression of Bajadasaurus pronuspinax, Illustration: Jorge A. González

Paleontologists from Argentina recently discovered a dinosaur so unique that it’s unlike anything unearthed in the field. They estimate it lived roughly 140 million years ago and were herbivores. What makes them especially unique is the forward pointing spikes which researchers believed was a defense mechanism. Of course, it’s truly unknown at this point and adds to the mystery of the discovery.

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Lead author Pablo Gallina posing with the new reconstructions. Image: Secretariat of Science

Published earlier this week in the Scientific Reports, Bajadasaurus Pronuspinax (pronounced “BA-HAD-AH-SAURUS” “PRONE-OO-SPIN-ACKS”), is a new species. The dinosaur has another distinct feature which makes it look as though it is bent forward via the spine. The creature itself was discovered back in 2013. The discovery included a complete skull, along with teeth. The Paleontologists come from CONICET, Universidad Maimónides, and several other institutions.

A sauropod, Bajadasaurus is considered to be a group of long-necked, four-legged dinosaur that was successful during several periods hardships in the region. It belonged to a subgroup of sauropods called dicraeosaurids. These sauropods displayed the characteristics of having long spines along their necks and backs and a bent over vertebrae.

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Image: Pablo Gallina

“We’re barely into February, but Bajadasaurus might end up being the most awesome dinosaur of 2019. The name looks a lot like Badassasaurus, which is actually pretty fitting, as this looks like a punk dinosaur,” Steve Brusatte, a University of Edinburgh paleontologist not directly involved with the research (though he edited the paper for Scientific Reports), told Gizmodo. “The long, spindly spikes sticking out of the neck give the appearance of a Mohawk haircut or the spiky hair of Johnny Rotten. I can’t help but think that the spines functioned in the same way as Johnny Rotten’s hair: to get attention. These must have been displaying structures, to attract mates or intimidate rivals, or maybe to rock out in other ways that only the dinosaurs would have known.”

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