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Big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur unearthed in Utah

Researchers in Salt Lake City say fossil-hunters unearthed the bones of a new type of big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur in southern Utah.

National History Museum of Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Researchers in Salt Lake City say fossil-hunters unearthed the bones of a new type of big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur in southern Utah.

The discovery of the creature named "Nasutoceratops titusi" was described Wednesday in the British scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B and by officials at the National History Museum of Utah at the University of Utah.

The dinosaur was a wide-bodied plant-eater that grew to 15 feet long and weighed 2 1/2 tons.

It's unique for its oversized nose and exceptionally long, forward-pointing curved horns over the eyes.

It's part of the same family as the well-known Triceratops

The second part of the name recognizes paleontologist Alan Titus for his years of research work in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument discovery area.

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