According to Terry Gates, a post doctorial researcher with NC state and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the large nasal opening of the Cretaceous-period dinosaur can only be compared to a duck-billed dinosaur. “The purpose of such a vast nose is still a mystery”, added Gates in his statement trying to describe the Fossil discovery of the Cretaceous-period dinosaur.
The dinosaur is anything like its kin and is said to be lacking supper clarity of smell. The dinosaur, also known as a plant-eating beast, was a type of hadrosaur or a duck- billed dinosaur. The scientists are thus convinced that its vast nose might have had other functions such as a way of noticing members of the species, attracting mates or a vast connection for a plant-smashing break.
The report by the Journal of Systematic Paleontology reveals that the fossils of the dinosaur analyzed might have lived about 75 million years ago during the late Cretaceous period. The researchers are still digging deep into the findings to answer the many complex questions related to the dinosaur’s large nose.
During the BYU, the two researchers Gates and Rodney speckled and prejudiced skeleton and skull in storage. This occurred in the 1990s during the Neslen arrangements in Utah’s book cliff. In the event, Gates said, “We had roughly a whole skull that was wonderful, yet a credentials was really difficult”. The research process was quite involving, and it took them close to two years to piece together the skull and be convinced it is a new species of dinosaur.
Even though, the researchers are not certainly exact of how the dinosaur died, they have managed to gather some clues starting from where the skeleton was buried. The researchers suggest that it died in a river and that it was buried soon after its death. Most of the skeletons found by the scientists suggest that the death might have been sudden.
In conclusion, Gates finalized the fossil findings report by suggesting that the savage was killed during a crocodile attack. He said “It seemed like a good possibility that such a conflict could have caused a fast genocide of a vast dinosaur and helped it to be buried quick by holding it to a bottom of a river”.