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At an indeterminate point, at least two adult Nasutoceratops appeared in the wild after the events at the Lockwood Manor in 2018. Over the course of the next year, they became a breeding pair, with their infant being the first dinosaur born on U.S. soil.
In 2019, these three Nasutoceratops appeared at a campsite in Big Rock National Park, where they foraged for food, before coming into contact with an Allosaurus. The Allosaurus swiftly attacked the infant and injured the adult female before backing off following the arrival of the adult male Nasutoceratops. With the Allosaurus subsequently distracted by a group of campers, the Nasutoceratops family fled into the wild.
Nasutoceratops is a relatively small ceratopsid dinosaur. Measuring 7.5 meters in length, Nasutoceratops is similar in size to other ceratopsians such as Triceratops and Sinoceratops. Physically it is distinguished by its short yet thick snout and large, unique rounded horns above its eyes that extended almost to the end of its beak-like mouth, resulting in similar facial features to modern cattle.
Unlocked at the beginning of the game, the Nasutoceratops has the most complex requirements of the early game ceratopsians, having higher overall enclosure and social needs than Triceratops and Sinoceratops.
Nasutoceratops are similar in many respects to other ceratopsid dinosaurs, sharing a similar comfort threshold to Triceratops, and benefiting from the same paleobotany preferences of Horsetails, Rotten Wood and Palms. Like other members of their family, they are capable of engaging in death duels with medium and large carnivores. However, they are considerably more social than other ceratopsians, preferring to live in large social groups numbering up to ten other Nasutoceratops, as well as mixed-species herds of up to twenty-five different dinosaurs. The Nasutoceratops' social needs require that it live alongside at least two other members of its species.
Nasutoceratops features an animation unique to itself when killing another dinosaur in a death duel. The animation varies from the typical killing blow done by other ceratopsians in that, rather than impaling and lifting a dinosaur off the ground with its horns, it will charge and then launch a defeated dinosaur into the air or knock them over depending on their weight.
Nasutoceratops was first discovered in Utah in 2006, and its remains, a nearly complete skull and forelimbs, were described and named in 2013. Despite its resemblance to Triceratops, Nasutoceratops was more closely related to Styracosaurus and Sinoceratops, and its massive, hollow nose is unseen in any other ceratopsian. Its discovery, alongside that of Sinoceratops a few years earlier, showed paleontologists that that particular branch of ceratopsian dinosaurs, the centrosaurines, had a more complicated evolutive history that they had been assuming.
Nasutoceratops lived during the Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous around 75 million years ago, in what is now the Kaiparowits Formation in Utah. It was near the western coast of the ancient Western Interior Seaway, a sea that split the North American continent, resulting in a coastal jungle climate. It lived alongside species related to those of the Dinosaur Park Formation; fellow ceratopsians Kosmoceratops and Utahceratops, hadrosaur Gryposaurus, and tyrannosaur Teratophoneus.
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Behind the scenes
The Nasutoceratops was created using the 3D model that was created for 2019's Battle at Big Rock by Industrial Light & Magic, as well as audio files provided by Universal Pictures to create the most authentic representation of the dinosaur.
- Trevorrow, Colin. (Director). (2019). Battle at Big Rock [Short film]. Universal Pictures.
- Krupa, Daniel (May 16, 2018). HOW JURASSIC WORLD EVOLUTION MADE ITS T.REX - IGN FIRST IGN. Retrieved June 14, 2018
- Nasutoceratops on Wikipedia