POSTED: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 6:04pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 7:44pm
DALLAS — A newly discovered dinosaur species will be named for billionaire former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot and his family.
The Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas said Friday that museum paleontologists will announce the discovery of the new species of the ceratopsid dinosaur Pachyrhinosaurus next week at a Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting in Las Vegas. The dinosaur was discovered in 2006 in far north Alaska.
The new species will be named the Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum (Pak-ee-rine-oh-sore-us per-row-orr-um) in recognition of the Perots. In 2008, the Perot children made a $50 million gift to the museum in honor of their parents, Margot and H. Ross Perot.
The new Perot Museum of Nature & Science is under construction near downtown, set to open in early 2013.