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Scientists unearth a big-nosed, long-horned dinosaur ...

•, Alan Gathright
 Scientists have unearthed a big-nosed, long-horned dinosaur in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.

The newly discovered dinosaur, a 15-foot-long, 2-ton plant-eater dubbed Nasutoceratops titusi, roamed the West 76 million years ago when the region was a subtropical swampy environment and the heart of North America was divided by a warm, shallow sea that stretched from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.

Nasutoceratops translates as "big-nose horned face," and the second part of the name -- titusi -- honors Alan Titus, Monument Paleontologist at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, for his years of research collaboration.

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