No, NO, NOOOOO!!: Triceratops Not Actually Its Own Dinosaur, Just A Juvenile Torosaurus

August 2, 2010


According to a recent study, the Triceratops isn't actually a unique dinosaur species, just a juvenile version of a Torosaurus. Did anybody else's world just get turned upside down? To put things in perspective, this is like thinking you've had sex with a supermodel, only to find out it was just some chick who doesn't even have a Model Mayhem account. Nobody's even heard of a Torosaurus!

...there is a clear transition from triceratops into torosaurus as the animals grow older.

As the animal aged, its horns changed shape and orientation and its frill became longer, thinner and less jagged. Finally it became fenestrated, producing the classic torosaurus form

This extreme shape-shifting was possible because the bone tissue in the frill and horns stayed immature, spongy and riddled with blood vessels, never fully hardening into solid bone as happens in most animals during early adulthood. The only modern animal known to do anything similar is the cassowary, descended from the dinosaurs, which develops a large spongy crest when its skull is about 80 per cent fully grown.

Wonderful, so what you're saying is I had sex with some D-list dino. Torosauruses weren't even in Jurassic Park! Haha, what do you mean, "who cares, they're all scaly on the inside"? Well, I guess you do have a point (anybody here been with a Komodo Dragon?).

Morph-osaurs: How shape-shifting dinosaurs deceived us [newscientist]

Note: The scientists HAVE decided to call them all Triceratops and ditch the Torosaurus moniker.

Thanks to Tara, Victoria, Crystal, Lord Vincent of the lunch box, Larsalier, Mr. Lord, Nicktendo, Callum, Naja, mrHiggins, Brian, Kris, Ponies, David B., Lucy and Deadmanwalking, who all agree the Torosuarus is actually a geriatric version of a Triceratops.

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