A new dinosaur named Nasutoceratops titusi was discovered by paleontologists digging in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Here are 10 facts about this new discovery, where the dinosaur lived and how it got its name.
Read more about the dinosaur in the newly-published Proceedings of the Royal Society B study.
According to facts included in the study about the newly-discovered dinosaur, the Nasutoceratops titusi appears to belong to a previously unrecognized group of horned dinosaurs that lived on Laramidia, a swampy, subtropical setting on the “island continent” of western North America.
Nasutoceratops is part of a group of big-bodied horned dinosaurs called ceratopsids, the same family as the Triceratops. They are members of the smaller subset of horned dinosaurs known as centrosaurines, and the Avaceratops is the closest known relative.
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Nasutoceratops had a large horn above each eye, similar to many other horned dinosaurs. However, with the Nasutoceratops, the horns are particularly elongate and forward facing, which is unusual. Although centrosaurines typically have a large horn over the nose and an elaborately ornamented frill, Nasutoceratops had a low, narrow, blade-like horn above the nose and relatively simple frill.
The first part of the plant-eating dinosaur's name can be translated as the “big-nosed horned face,” in reference to its oversized nose. The second part of the full name, Nasutoceratops titusi, honors Alan Titus, Monument Paleontologist at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, for his work in support of paleontological research there.
During the Late Cretaceous period, the North American continent was split in two by the Western Interior Seaway. Laramidia, the swampy, subtropical home of the Nasutoceratops, was one of those island continents that formed from the split. It stretched from Mexico to Alaska.
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Nasutoceratops lived in Utah at the same time that other closely related horned dinosaurs lived in Canada. This provides strong evidence of distinct northern and southern dinosaur communities.
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Nasutoceratops lived about 76 million years ago, during the Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous period. The Late Cretaceous period spanned from approximately 84 million to 70 million years ago.
Nasutoceratops was found in a geologic unit known as the Kaiparowits Formation in the Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument in southern Utah.
>> The Grand Staircase Escalante-National Monument
The dinosaur was discovered in 2006 by then-University of Utah masters student Eric Lund. Additional specimens were later found.
>> Eric Lund shows a 70 plus million-year-old horned dinosaur that was discovered on the Kaiparowits Plateau in Grand Staircase National Monument in 2006, as he prepares for the "What's in the Basement" tour at the University of Utah Museum of Natural History Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Nasutoceratops are housed in the collections and on display at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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