Nasutoceratops Titusi: Strange New Dinosaur Discovered In Utah Desert Has Massive Bull-Like Horns And Bulbous Snout [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on July 17, 2013 9:46 PM EDT

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Nasutoceratops titusi, a close relative of the large-horned, frill-headed triceratops, was discovered in Utah. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

Nasutoceratops titusi. a close relative of the triceratops, was recently discovered to have roamed the U.S. in what is now Utah. The large, four-legged herbivore, which had huge, bull-like horns above its eyes and a wide, bulbous snout, was a cousin of the large-horned, frill-headed triceratops that thrived during the Cretaceous period some 145 million years ago. Its name, Nasutoceratops titusi, means "big nosed horn face" in Latin.

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Paleontologists published their discovery of the new dinosaur species in Utah in U.K. scientific journal the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on Wednesday. The fossilized remains of the new dino were also displayed Wednesday at the Natural Museum of History in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"This dinosaur just completely blew us away," Dr. Mark Loewen, from the museum, told the BBC. "We would never have predicted it would look like this -- it is just so outside of the norm for this group of dinosaurs."

The 15-foot-long beast was discovered in 2006 the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument, a 1,800,000 acre protected U.S. national monument in southern Utah. BBC reports that it took years to prepare and then study the Nasutoceratops titusi fossil remains.

According to National Geographic, Nasutoceratops titusi was vegetarian and ate plants along a swampy bayou-like area landscape that once existed in the region. It had long, curved horns over its eyes that the males probably used to defend themselves against competing males, and a simple frill at the top of its head.

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