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Skull from biggest known Triceratops, found?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean


    Kind of annoying that the plan is to hawk the fossil off to the highest bidder as this could be very important in relation to settling the Triceratops/Torosaurus controversy. I'd be wary of the size estimates though as they stink of hype to attract more bidders. I've seen adult Triceratops skulls up close and they always exceed five feet, so the 'twice the size' claims seem to be an exaggeration.


  • Registered Users Posts: 25,560 ✭✭✭✭Kess73


    Galvasean wrote: »
    Kind of annoying that the plan is to hawk the fossil off to the highest bidder as this could be very important in relation to settling the Triceratops/Torosaurus controversy. I'd be wary of the size estimates though as they stink of hype to attract more bidders. I've seen adult Triceratops skulls up close and they always exceed five feet, so the 'twice the size' claims seem to be an exaggeration.



    Yeah the size claim is odd. Pretty sure there was an eight foot skull found before in Montana (although I may be thinking of a Torosaurus skull), as well as a number of skulls in the five to seven foot range.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭Adam Khor


    My bad for not reading the article calmly :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 30,746 ✭✭✭✭Galvasean


    Kess73 wrote: »
    Yeah the size claim is odd. Pretty sure there was an eight foot skull found before in Montana (although I may be thinking of a Torosaurus skull), as well as a number of skulls in the five to seven foot range.

    The 8 footer was a Torosaurus alright, but as the publication was by Horner et al. (during the 1 in 3 downgrade phase)the published paper had Triceratops in the title. Hence the confusion.
    Even so it's not uncommon for Triceratops skulls to exceed 6 feet.


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