This month had been very happening for new discoveries and revelations about dinosaur. Adding to the list is a new discovery of a dinosaur species called Rhinorex after years of rigorous work.
Rhinorex, which is most likely a gentle herbivore, was unearthed in 1992 after digging up a specimen’s skull out of sandstone.
The discovery was made by two students from University of California, Riverside who came across the new finding while they were mapping out parts of Utah’s Book Cliffs. The specimen consists of a skull, a partial skeleton and skin impressions.
“We had almost the entire skull, which was wonderful but the preparation was very difficult. It took two years to dig the fossil out of the sandstone it was embedded in–it was like digging a dinosaur skull out of a concrete driveway,” Terry Gates, study co-author and a joint postdoctoral researcher with North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, said in a statement.
Gates and co-researcher Rodney Sheetz from the Brigham Young Museum of Paleontology uncovered the Rhinorex specimen in storage at BYU.
According to the researchers, the measurement of the newly discovered dinosaur is around 30 feet long and more than 8,500 pounds in weight.
It has the environment which was about 50 miles from the coast and known by swampland, the researchers said.
The peaceful dinosaur lived in an estuarial habitat and had a large nose. But why do they have large nose? The researchers say they are still aren’t sure.
“The purpose of such a big nose is still a mystery for us. If this dinosaur is anything like its relatives then it likely did not have a super sense of smell,” Gates said in the news release.
Gates also said that the big nose maybe used as a means of attracting mates by the dinosaurs.
The study has been published in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology.