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Edinburgh University discovers new dinosaur

Picture: University of Edinburgh

Picture: University of Edinburgh

A new species of long-nosed dinosaur, nicknamed Pinnochio rex, has been discovered by scientists at a Scottish university.

The long-snouted tyrannosaurus, a cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex, was a fearsome carnivore which lived in Asia more than 66 million years ago. Steve Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, who was called in to identify the Qianzhousaurus sinensis after its bones were unearthed by construction workers in southern China, said: “This is a different breed of tyrannosaur. It has the familiar toothy grin of Tyrannosaurus rex, but its snout was much longer and 
it had a row of horns on its nose. It might have looked a little comical, but it would have been as deadly as any other tyrannosaur, and maybe even a little faster and stealthier.”

 

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