‘Pinocchio Rex,’ a new long-snouted tyrannosaur, discovered in southern China


National Post | News

A new cousin to the Tyrannosaurus rex has been discovered in southern China, and the animal’s long snout has led scientists to dub it the “Pinocchio Rex.”

Its official name is Qianzhousaurus sinensis and it looks quite different from other Tyrannosaurs.

“It had the familiar toothy grin of T. rex, but its snout was long and slender, with a row of horns on top,” Edinburgh University’s Dr. Steve Brusatte told the BBC. “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. We thought it needed a nickname, and the long snout made us think of Pinocchio’s long nose.”

The new discovery is very important. Along with Alioramus from Mongolia, it shows that the long-snouted tyrannosaurids were widely distributed in Asia

The interesting part about the long snout is that this specimen is an adult.

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