The Newly Discovered Eskimo Dinosaur “Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis”

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In a remote part of Alaska, researchers have discovered the skeletal remains of a 30-foot herbivore. This new dinosaur named Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis, is believed to have endured months of darkness and even snow. This is the farthest north that any dinosaur has ever been discovered.

“The finding of dinosaurs this far north challenges everything we thought about a dinosaur’s physiology. It creates this natural question. How did they survive up here?” said FSU Professor of Biological Science Greg Erickson.

During the era that this dinosaur lived, the overall climate was much warmer. For example, Arctic Alaska, the area that this dinosaur roamed, had an average temperature of 43 degrees Fahrenheit. Because it was so warm, this location was mostly covered in trees. Even so, the dinosaur lived so far north that it would still have to deal with months of darkness and most likely snow.

Three full skeletons of Ugrunaaluk kuukpikensis will be on display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North as well as a new painting of the species by Alaskan artist James Havens.

SourceFlorida State University
ImageJames Havens