Triceratops Wins!

Growing up, what child didn’t love the Triceratops? You know, the dinosaur with the classic trademarked 3 facial horns? Well, what some people may not know is that there is another dinosaur that shared very similar physical characteristics. It was called Torosaurus.

Torosaurus

Torosaurus

The only obvious differences that I could find between the two were that the angle of the horns were different and the neck-frill on the Torosaurus was thinner, much smoother and it had two holes in it. Now researchers and scientists are saying that the Triceratops is actually a Torosaurus that wasn’t fully developed or matured. Researchers are also saying that the angle of the Triceratops horns changed direction as the dinosaur aged. When the dinosaur fully reached maturity, holes formed in its neck-frill.

John Scannella and Jack Horner at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana analyzed 9 skulls of each specimen. They noticed that the oldest Triceratops skull started to have thinning in the neck-frill bone right where the holes would appear.

Scannella also said that the neck-frill on Triceratops was theorized as a self defense mechanism, may be a way to show the animals maturity.

So what does this mean? Well no worries to the Triceratops fans, though researchers are saying that the Triceratops and the Torosaurus are the same species, all Torosaurus will be reclassified as Triceratops.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. One thing many people may not know, is that the famous Brontosaurus isn’t a real dinosaur, it is actually a Apatasaurus.

References:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1299666/Triceratops-really-existed.html
http://newslite.tv/2010/08/02/triceratops-dinosaur-never-rea.html

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About Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic
Bobby Nelson is a skeptic, writer, and co-host of Strange Frequencies Radio. His personal blog can be found online at www.porkrhine.com At one time, Bobby was what could be called a "true believer" in paranormal phenomenon. Having been an active investigator of the paranormal for 12 years with several different Toledo based teams, he has examined countless claims of activity. But years worth of research and investigation proved to him that the evidence for these claims are generally lacking and, furthermore, the vast majority of so-called scientific paranormal investigators were using improper methodologies which caused them to draw both false and misleading conclusions.

2 Responses to Triceratops Wins!

  1. ishan says:

    can you please explain why some dinosaurs eat their own babies? thank you.

  2. Pingback: Moondriven » Blog Archive » …and now we are four.

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