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Researchers discover big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur in national monument in southern Utah

The teeth of a "Nasutoceratops titusi" is shown during a news conference at the Natural History Museum of Utah Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in Salt lake City. Researchers in Salt Lake City say fossil-hunters unearthed the bones of a new type of big-nosed, horned-faced dinosaur in southern Utah. It's part of the same family as the well-known Triceratops. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
July 17, 2013 - 1:37 PM

SALT LAKE CITY - 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 (4.5 metres) long and weighed 2 1/2 tons (1.8 metric 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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