Dinosaur Meeting Events Props Baby Dinosaur Hand Puppets
Triceratops is one of the few dinosaurs that hardly need a description. Like with other large ceratopsian dinosaurs it was a quadrupedal (four legged) herbivore that had a proportionately large skull in relation to its total body size, just under a third of the total length. The skull was adorned with a short neck frill that rose up from the back, and three horns. The largest horns were the two that rose up from above the eyes and reached up to one meter long, while the nasal horn that pointed up from the snout was much smaller. Some specimens of Triceratops sometimes have epoccipitals (small pointed bones) that are attached to the edge of the frill. Triceratops was once classed as a centrosaurine ceratopsian dinosaur because of this small frill, but today it is considered to be a chasmosaurine (often alternatively referred to as ceratopsine) on the basis of the well-developed brow horns that are usually greatly reduced or absent in centrosaurines. The frill itself is still interesting because its short and solid which makes it very different from other known genera that usually have long frills with holes in them. However this feature may yet have greater ramifications for Triceratops and some other ceratopsian dinosaur genera (click to skip down to this).
Post to Tumblr