New Tyrannosaur named ‘Pinocchio rex’

 7th May, 2014

A newly discovered nine metres long relative of T. Rex with a distinctive horny snout has been named ‘Pinocchio rex’ by scientists at Edinburgh University.

The discovery of this adult specimen from China confirms the presence of Tyrannosaurs from the Cretaceous with elongated snouts previously only found in juvenile specimens, thought previously to have perhaps been a temporary feature of development.

The snout of this dinosaur, officially named Qianzhousaurus sinensis is long and slender, with a row of horns on top.

BBC: New Tyrannosaur named ‘Pinocchio rex’