New Tyrannosaur named ‘Pinocchio rex’

Pinocchio was smaller than T. rex but its nose was a third longer – perhaps for a different hunting strategy

A new type of Tyrannosaur with a very long nose has been nicknamed “Pinocchio rex”.

The ferocious carnivore, nine metres long with a distinctive horny snout, was a cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex.

Its skeleton was dug up in a Chinese construction site and identified by scientists at Edinburgh University, UK.

The 66-million-year-old predator, officially named Qianzhousaurus sinensis, is described in Nature Communications.

“Pinocchio” looked very different to 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,” said Edinburgh’s Dr Steve Brusatte.

“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.”

Researchers now think several different tyrannosaurs lived and hunted alongside each other in Asia during the late Cretaceous Period, the last days of the dinosaurs.

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