STL Science Center

STL Science Center

23 February 2011

The child's discovery

Zuniceratops christopheri was originally discovered in New Mexico in 1996 by the son of paleontologist Douglas G. Wolfe, one Christopher James Wolfe, age 8. In the time that has passed only one skull and a few other bones have been recovered, but they were enough to declare the find a new species, which was promptly named after the land it was found on and the discoverer. Zuni is for the Zuni basin where the Zuni people once lived, ceratops notes the horn faced aspect, and the species name christopheri, is clearly the young man's name.

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