KUSA - Scientists have found a new dinosaur, a relative of the Triceratops, in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah. It's called the Nasutoceratops, which means big-nosed, horned face.
While that may sound ugly, it describes exactly what the dinosaur looked like. The Nasutoceratops had horns similar to the Triceratops, one on its nose and two very large ones on its eyes.
Scott Sampson, chief curator for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, lead the study.
"It's this strange horned dinosaur, which we think is not only a brand new species, but represents a whole new branch of the horned dinosaur family tree," he said.
Researchers don't know why it had a big nose, but they believe the horns were used to show dominance and as weapons in fights.
The horned dinosaur was a plant-eater and lived during the late Cretaceous period. It lived in Laramidia, a landmass formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region of North America. That isolated western and eastern portions for millions of years during the Late Cretaceous Period.
Scientists made this discovery in a very remote area of Grand Staircase. Sampson says Wednesday's announcement is just the beginning of a very exciting time for scientists working in this part of the country.
"We have one new dinosaur, a carnivore, which we hope to announce sometime in the next couple of months and a few others, which are being prepared right now," he said.
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