Newfound dinosaur with giant, horned headpiece named after iconic Norse god

Paleontologists have named a newly unearthed dinosaur after the Norse god Loki due to a striking similarity between its horns and the deity’s regal headpiece, as it was depicted in recent superhero films and television shows.

Scientists described the new dino, Lokiceratops rangiformis, in a study published Thursday (June 20) in the journal PeerJ. The researchers identified the species based on the partial remains of a skull unearthed in 2019 at the Judith River Formation in Montana’s Badlands, around 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the U.S.-Canada border. 

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