Fossil Hunters Discovery Wide-Bodied Dinosaur With A Big Nose

SALT LAKE CITY (July 17, 2013)—Fossil hunters in southern Utah have stumbled on the bones of a new big-nosed, wide-bodied, horned-face dinosaur, researchers in Salt Lake City said.

The discovery of the creature named "Nasutoceratops titusi" was described Wednesday in the British scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B and by officials at the National History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah.

The dinosaur was a plant-eater that grew to be 15 feet long and weighed 2 1/2 tons.

It's unique because of its oversize nose and exceptionally long, forward-pointing curved horns over the eyes and is part of the same family as the well-known Triceratops.

The second part of the new dinosaur’s name recognizes paleontologist Alan Titus for his years of research work in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument discovery area.


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