A nose with thorns
Leave it to scientists to be charmingly literal.
The first part of the name they've given a newly discovered species of dinosaur translates as "big-nose horned face." And as you can see from the skull reconstruction above -- with its swooping spikes and Durante-esque proboscis -- that pretty much does the trick.
The fossilized remains of the dino, Nasutoceratops titusi, were unveiled Wednesday by the Natural History Museum of Utah, while a research paper announcing the new species appeared in the U.K. scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Nasutoceratops was actually discovered in 2006, in southern Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (the second part of the dino's name honors Alan Titus, a paleontologist at Grand Staircase-Escalante). But it was announced as a new species only Wednesday. The pronounced nose and horns are among its salient features.
The 15-foot, 2-ton dino is a cousin of Triceratops, which you may remember as the dramatically helmeted and horned beast that always seemed to be forced to face off against a T. rex in the museum displays of your youth. Both Triceratops and Nasutoceratops were members of the "ceratopsids" family, and both were plant eaters.
July 17, 2013 2:24 PM PDT
Photo by: Rob Gaston/Natural History Museum of Utah
| Caption by: Edward Moyer
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