Horned dinosaur skull - ROM2008_9679_5


Horned dinosaur skull

Place Collected
North America, USA, South Dakota
length=178; width=117; height=132 cm
    • Attributes
    • Objects
    • Taxonomy
    • KingdomAnimalia
    • PhylumChordata
    • ClassReptilia
    • OrderOrnithischia
    • FamilyCeratopsidae
    • GenusTriceratops
    • SpecificEpithethorridus
Object number: ROMVP55380
Credit Line: Gift of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust
On view
Gallery Location:James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs, Life on Land Cretaceous, End Cretaceous, Triceratops Skull
DescriptionThe largest of the horned dinosaurs, Triceratops lived at the same time as Tyrannosaurus rex. Its huge size and formidable horns would have given it some protection from attack by T. rex. Triceratops was the first horned dinosaur to be described, in 1888, and the last to live, right up to the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. Complete fossils skeletons of dinosaurs and extinct animals are very rare. This beautiful, almost complete sub-adult skull of this well-known dinosaur contains a remarkable amount of real, mineralized bone. The nose horn, rarely preserved, was sculpted by hand.
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