In terms of its regal name, T. rex now has a rival in Rhinorex condrupus, a new dinosaur described by US palaeontologists Terry Gates of North Carolina State University and Rodney Scheetz of Brigham Young University.
This hadrosaur is so named because of its large nose, Rhino meaning nose in Greek. Rhinorex (‘Nose king’) is a hadrosaur or duck-billed dinosaur.
Students from the University of California Riverside undertaking geological reconnaissance work in the Cretaceous rocks of Book Cliffs in Utah discovered the only known specimen in 1992. The fossil was subsequently air-lifted out of the area by the Utah National Guard.
While the limbs are missing and the bones of the body have yet to be prepared, the skull shows a unique nasal process with a fishhook-like shape, but it seems to lack the nasal ornamentation of other hadrosaurids. There are also fossilised impressions of the skin.
Evidence points to Rhinorex inhabiting a coastal environment on the edge of the Western Interior Seaway of North America during the Late Cretaceous period, about 75 million years ago.
Phylogenetic analysis performed on the specimen suggests that this fossil was closely related to the genus Gryposaurus. This was a large bipedal/quadrupedal herbivore around 9 metres long (30 ft), two species of which have been found only 250 km south-west, in southern Utah.
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Cogent OA celebrates 1st anniversary with the launch of a new platform, supporting research discovery and impact
Cogent OA – an Open Access publisher backed by Taylor & Francis – has today released a major upgrade to its user interface. Cogent OA’s new platform focuses on assisting authors in ensuring their work gets found and read by the broadest possible audience; and readers in making interesting new connections – both within and also from outside their direct fields of interest.
Cogent OA was launched with a mission to put authors at the centre of the publishing process. The programme has grown from two to ten journals over the past year, with five more titles scheduled for launch by the end of the year. Topics covered by the Cogent OA journal series range from education and engineering through to arts & humanities, biology and medicine.
“Our ambition is to give authors the best possible publishing experience and broadest possible impact for their work,” said Bryan Vickery, Director at Cogent OA. “Our new platform includes a range of features designed to help showcase our authors’ work and encourage interaction and collaboration. We’ve been influenced by news and magazine sites – we will start to present snippets of content and highlights to help readers quickly find articles of interest, and enjoy that process of discovery.”
The new platform has a simple and intuitive interface, designed to meet the expectations of a generation with high design standards and limited time. New faceted browsing features and a structured taxonomy assist readers in quickly identifying relevant content. Cogent OA’s editorial team identifies interesting connections between articles from diverse fields – helping build inter-disciplinary networks. Authors are encouraged to add video abstracts and public interest statements to explain their work, and they can also personalize their articles with profile and social media information.
“We want researchers to see Cogent OA as a place to extend the reach of their work and help build their careers,” continued Vickery, “not just publish articles. The coming months will see us continue to add features to our platform that help authors explain and share their research, and benefit from the interconnectivity that we offer. The work of our authors doesn’t stop after they have published with Cogent OA, so why should it stop for us? Publishing is the beginning of a process of knowledge exchange, and our new platform is designed to help ensure that the articles we publish go on to have lasting impact.”
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