Large-nosed, horned dinosaur is discovered in Utah

07/17/2013 | Discovery

A large-nosed, horned North American dinosaur was unearthed recently for the first time in Utah since the 15-foot-long dinosaur roamed the area about 76 million years ago, according to a study. The research indicates the dinosaur was a herbivore and used its horns to assert dominance and protection, but scientists are puzzled by its large nose. "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 -- and the function of this bizarre feature remains uncertain," said lead study author Scott Sampson.

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