Scientists Discover Big-Nosed Dinosaur

Utah creature also had horns

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 17, 2013 4:13 PM CDT

(Newser) – Researchers in Salt Lake City say fossil-hunters unearthed the bones of a new type of big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur in southern Utah. The discovery of the creature named "Nasutoceratops titusi" was described today in the British scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B and by officials at the National History Museum of Utah. The dinosaur was a wide-bodied plant-eater that grew to 15 feet long and weighed 2 1/2 tons.

It's unique for its oversized nose and exceptionally long, forward-pointing curved horns over the eyes. The dinosaur is part of the same family as the well-known Triceratops. The second part of the name recognizes paleontologist Alan Titus for his years of research work in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument discovery area.

A reconstruction of a Nasutoceratops titusi is shown during a news conference at the Natural History Museum of Utah.
A reconstruction of a "Nasutoceratops titusi" is shown during a news conference at the Natural History Museum of Utah.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Dinosaur paleontologist Scott Sampson stands next to a reconstruction of the new dinosaur.
Dinosaur paleontologist Scott Sampson stands next to a reconstruction of the new dinosaur.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
The teeth of a Nasutoceratops titusi dinosaur.
The teeth of a "Nasutoceratops titusi" dinosaur.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A reconstruction of a Nasutoceratops titusi is photographed.
A reconstruction of a "Nasutoceratops titusi" is photographed.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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