A new species of dinosaurs has been discovered from storaged fossils and it has been named Rhinorex condrupus. Rhinorex is the latin equivalent of “King Nose”. The name has thus been chosen as the putting together of the fossils of the dinosaur revealed a large nose, uncharacteristic of its other relatives which instead have a big crest on the heads.
New hadrosaur found
Paleontologists are forever digging deeper and deeper into the history of dinosaurs. Recently, a discovery has been made by a group of researchers that seems to have unveiled the dinosaur with the largest nose. It has been ascribed to the hadrosaurs, the division which includes the duck-billed dinosaurs. Many of the hadrosaurids were herbivorous and had huge crests on their heads. However, the newly found dinosaur of the hadrosaurs did not come with a bony crest. Rather, he had a huge nose.
Rhinorex – The 3850 kg King Nose
It has been named Rhinorex condrupus and nicknamed “King Nose” dinosaur – Rhinorex is actually roughly translated from Latin as meaning ‘King Nose’.
The new fossil was spotted in sandstone in a Brigham Young Museum of Paleontology storage area. It had remained in storage for around 20 years. The Rhinorex condrupus walked the Earth some 75 million years ago, near what is now the Utah coast. King Nose dinosaur was around 9 meters long, and weighed around 3850 kg.
Why the big nose?
Everything has a purpose, right? Every single feature has a certain function, or a particular reason as to its being. What was the large nose for then? Why would a dinosaur need a large nose?
The relatives of King Nose dino did not have an enhanced sense of smell. Hence, if King Nose were to resemble its relatives in this respect, wholly different theories as to the purpose of the big nose have been made. Perhaps it was a feature found appealing by the female counterparts of the dinos? Or, maybe, the epic nose served as an identifiable trait so members of the same species could make out other fellow members? Yet another possible reason might be that the nose was just a large attachment accompanying the beak used to smash plants?
Ah, until now, only speculations have been made – the nose remains a mystery.