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GSENM paleo finds attract worldwide attention
The two new dinosaurs found on Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument received coverage, not just from the national press, but also the international press.
The two dinosaurs – Kosmoceratops richardsoni and Utahceratops gettyi – were unveiled by paleontologists at the Utah Museum of Natural History late last month. Both dinosaurs were found on the Monument, and both are bizarre: Utahceratops for having an enormous seven-foot skull, and Kosmoceratops for having 15 horns on its skull.
The strange animals that roamed this part of North America some 76 million years ago were not only covered by Utah media such as the Salt Lake Tribune, the Deseret News, KUER and local representatives of wire services like the Associated Press, but also by national outlets like CNN and Fox News.
A Time magazine headline called Kosmoceratops “the newest (and horniest) dinosaur.” The websites of scientific national heavyweights like National Geographic and Smithsonian also covered the amazing finds.
The dinosaurs were so intriguing that in London – nearly 5,000 miles away from the Monument – newspapers including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and the tabloid Daily Mirror all covered them as well.
“The dinosaurs and the international coverage they prompted have put Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on the map,” said Raymond Bernor, an official at the National Science Foundation. “This discovery has inspired future discoveries in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which has now emerged as one of the most important paleontological reserves in the world,” Bernor added.
Monument paleontologist Alan Titus agreed. “It’s been very rewarding to see this thing unfold over the past 10 years, because when I first got here, all we talked about was the potential of the Kaiparowits,” Titus said. “Now, the potential outlined in the Monument’s proclamation (in 1996) has been not only realized, but exceeded.”