Paleontologists have found a new Hadrosaur species dinosaur with a giant nose. The newly found dinosaur belongs to ornithischian family Hadrosauridae. The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by Dr. Terry Gates and Dr. Rodney Scheetzin in North California. They named the beast as “Rhinorex”. The giant dinosaur had very distinctive nasal profile and had lived about 75 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.
Rhinorex was excavated from Utah’s Neslen formation in 1990. It took two years for Gates and his team to assemble the skull itself.
“We had almost the entire skull, which was wonderful,” Gates said in a written statement, “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.”
Rhinorex is estimated te be around 30 feet long and weighed more than 8500 pounds. This newly found dinosaur was herbivorous who ate plants and preferred living in swampy coastal environment.
Researchers haven’t yet found the exact purpose of the massive nose. “If this dinosaur is anything like its relatives then it likely did not have a super sense of smell,” Gates said in a statement, “but maybe the nose was used as a means of attracting mates, recognizing members of its species, or even as a large attachment for a plant-smashing beak. We are already sniffing out answers to these questions.”
Rhinorex is close relative of Cretaceous Hadrosaurs like Parasaurolophus and Edmontosaurus. Hadrosaurs are usually identified by the bony crests that extended from skull, but Rhinorex lacks this crest on top of his head instead this newly found species has a giant nose.