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.