Triceratops are just young Torosaurus!

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Triceratops are just young Torosaurus!

Post by Mako on Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:10 pm

John Scannella and Jack Horner, researchers at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, say that the triceratops is the same dinosaur as another one called the torosaurus. The skeletal remains of the three-horned animal are actually the undeveloped, juvenile form of the torosaurus:

Now Scannella and Horner say that triceratops is merely the juvenile form of torosaurus. 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.

The torosaurus will now be abolished as a separate species and remains from it reclassified as triceratops.


Just for some comparison.
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My mind= blown! Razz
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Re: Triceratops are just young Torosaurus!

Post by El Duderino on Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:24 am

IF that blows your mind check this out:

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Re: Triceratops are just young Torosaurus!

Post by damkira on Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:33 am

Consider my mind blown!
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Re: Triceratops are just young Torosaurus!

Post by Sonix on Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:56 am

Mako's thing is meh but dude's pic has blown my mind!
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Re: Triceratops are just young Torosaurus!

Post by Luinil on Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:44 am

El Duderino wrote:IF that blows your mind check this out:


I SHAT BRIX!!! Shocked Shocked

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Re: Triceratops are just young Torosaurus!

Post by Mako on Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:38 am

Dude, that is even more crazy! Shocked

So much shocking things I'm learning lately. I always thought they fit together, but never like that!
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Re: Triceratops are just young Torosaurus!

Post by zex on Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:43 am

So, we're not the arse of the world but the lower teeth of a T-Rex...much better Razz
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Re: Triceratops are just young Torosaurus!

Post by Acevil on Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:51 pm

zex wrote:So, we're not the arse of the world but the lower teeth of a T-Rex...much better Razz

Now reunite with Africa, and bring about the new age of Dinosaurs.
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