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Triceratops 'never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur'

 
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Triceratops 'never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur'
Triceratops 'never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur'

It is one of the most recognisable dinosaurs, part of the Holy Trinity of childhood favourites alongside the brontosaurus and the mighty T-Rex.

But now scientists say that the fearsome three-horned triceratops may never have existed.

Instead new research has raised the possibility that the triceratops was just a young version of a different dinosaur known as a torosaurus.

John Scannella and Jack Horner at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana analysed skulls from dinosaurs that had been classified as triceratops and torosaurus.

Both animals had three horns but at different angles and the torosaurus’ neck-frill was thinner, smoother and had two holes in it.

But the researchers say that the triceratops was just a young version of a torosaurus and its horns changed shape as the dinosaur aged.

When it reached maturity the holes developed in its neck-frill.

The research, which appeared in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, says that the neck-frill and horns changed shape as the animal aged because they were spongy and would not harden until the dinosaur was an adult.

Scannella says. ‘Even in the most mature specimens that we've examined, there is evidence that the skull was still undergoing dramatic changes at the time of death.'

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Re: Triceratops 'never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur'
I love this TRANSFORMER DINOSAUR story.

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Re: Triceratops 'never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur'
waiting to see how he spins this into an anti-muslim article ...
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Re: Triceratops 'never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur'
waiting to see how he spins this into an anti-muslim article ...
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You're obsessed!
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How is this connected to the muslims?
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But I saw actual footage of one on a documentary called Jurasick Park or something redface
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Re: Triceratops 'never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur'
yeah, Jurassic Park got ALMOST EVERYTHING RIGHT, didn't it?

sorta like that other documentary 1,000,000 BC starring Raquel Welsh in a troodon-skin bikini.

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But I saw actual footage of one on a documentary called Jurasick Park or something redface
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For all we know - half the exiting dinosaur species were actually babies ... lol
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but, but, what about the muslims?
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Re: Triceratops 'never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur'
yeah, Jurassic Park got ALMOST EVERYTHING RIGHT, didn't it?

sorta like that other documentary 1,000,000 BC starring Raquel Welsh in a troodon-skin bikini.

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At least they got Raquel Welsh right ...
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but, but, what about the muslims?
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The muslims issued a fatwa against the dinosaurs. That's what drove them to extinction.
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Doom to me. That was my favorite dinosaur.

Hopefully the anklosaurus was real. Its about the same size as the tricerotops but had a club at the end of its tail.
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but, but, what about the muslims?

The muslims issued a fatwa against the dinosaurs. That's what drove them to extinction.
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Was this because the dinosaurs killed some other dinosaurs and blamed it on the muslims?


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