Scientists have discovered a new species of dinosaur, nicknamed the Pinocchio rex.
Researchers said the animal is a long-snouted tyrannosaur, which is in the same family as Tyrannosaurus rex. The new dinosaur, named the Qianzhousaurus sinensis, was unearthed in southern Chine. The Pinocchio rex, lived in Asia during the late Cretaceous period, more than 66 million years ago.
Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences and the University of Edinburgh discovered the new specimen and believe the animal was nearing adulthood.
Previous, two fossilized tyrannosaurs with elongated heads had been found, but since they were young it wasn’t clear if they were a new class of dinosaur or in an early growth stage.
As a result of the find, researched have created a new branch of the tyrannosaur family for specimens with very long snouts, said a press release from the University of Edinburgh. They expect more dinosaurs to be added to the group as excavations in Asia continue to identify new species.
Read the full press release from the University of Edinburgh.