Strange Horn-Faced Dinosaur- Nasutoceratops titusi

A strange Horn-Faced dinosaur discovered in Utah, named Nasutoceratops titusi (Large-Nosed Horned Face), that look like an overgrown bull and a dinosaur.     Nasutoceratops titusi in the Late Cretaceous forests of the Kaiparowits Formation. (Raúl Martín)

Top image: Lukas Panzarin/Utah Museum of Natural History



The previously unknown dinosaur Nasutoceratops titusi, lived during the Late Cretaceous about 76 million years ago

According to the Proceedings of the Royal Society B:

“Here, we describe a remarkable new taxon, Nasutoceratops titusi n. gen. et sp., from the late Campanian Kaiparowits Formation of Utah, represented by multiple specimens, including a nearly complete skull and partial postcranial skeleton. Autapomorphies include an enlarged narial region, pneumatic nasal ornamentation, abbreviated snout and elongate, rostrolaterally directed supraorbital horncores. The subrectangular parietosquamosal frill is relatively unadorned and broadest in the mid-region.”

Scott Sampson of the University of Utah, said:



“The jumbo-sized schnoz of Nasutoceratops likely had nothing to do with a heightened sense of smell, since olfactory receptors occur further back in the head, adjacent to the brain. The function of this bizarre feature remains uncertain.”

via telegraph

source Proceedings of the Royal Society B