'Pinocchio Rex,' Cousin Of T-Rex, Discovered In China
"Pinocchio Rex" is a long-nosed, more colorful relative of the T-Rex, but was just as dangerous.By Jay Strubberg | May 7, 2014
The Tyrannosaurus Rex was one of the biggest, meanest, fiercest dinosaurs to ever roam the earth. Now, scientists have discovered the menacing lizard-on-steroids had kind of a dopey-looking cousin.
Researchers unearthed bones of the 66-million-year-old predator at a construction site in China. They nicknamed it "Pinocchio Rex" for its distinctively long snout. It was a much smaller, more slender version of its cousin and, according to this illustration, had an oddly rainbow-colored nose. (Via Nature / STV)
But don't be fooled by its playful nickname and bright colors. It was a born predator like the rest of its family.