The Independent reported that the new species, whose fossil was unearthed between two stone slabs, was discovered by an international team led by Professor David Martill and Robert Smyth at the University of Portsmouth and Professor Dino Frey of the Karlsruhe Museum of Natural History.
The dinosaur, named “Ubirajara jubatus”, was determined to have lived 110 million years ago and had ostentatious features, including feathers on its neck, to attract the opposite sex or to frighten enemies while alive.
While the hard strips rising over the dinosaur’s shoulders were thought to be unique, it was noted that there was a small sharp protrusion in the middle of each strip.
“TYPE, MALE AND ALSO YOUNG”
Professor Martill said of the discovery “We cannot prove that the species is male, but given the vast differences between female and male birds, the species is likely male and also young.” made its evaluation.
It was also stated that “Ubirajara jubatus” is closely related to “Compsognathus”, one of the smallest dinosaurs known.
Details of the discovery have been published in the journal “Cretaceous Research”.