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Old 08-03-2010, 10:13 PM  
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Triceratops may not have existed

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Triceratops may not have existed

You'll need to brace your dinosaur-loving toddlers for this news: Triceratops may not have existed.
Dino experts John Scannella and Jack Horner at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont., have discovered that that the triceratops may never have been its own distinct species, but rather the juvenile form of another dinosaur, the torosaurus.
The New Scientist reports:
Triceratops had three facial horns and a short, thick neck-frill with a saw-toothed edge. Torosaurus also had three horns, though at different angles, and a much longer, thinner, smooth-edged frill with two large holes in it. So it's not surprising that Othniel Marsh, who discovered both in the late 1800s, considered them to be separate species.
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 (see diagram, right).
I shared this news with my 5-year-old son this morning. Triceratops was his favorite prehistoric animal when he was in the dinosaur phase, which occurred right after trains but before space.
He looked at me for a long time and didn't say a thing, and then his sweet little smile turned to a sad frown and he said, "Why Mommy?"

It was the same reaction I got when I had to break the news that Pluto is no longer a planet.

But the good news is that the Triceratops will in a sense live on--huge relief to toddlers, toy makers, my 5-year-old son, Michael Crichton, Pixar... Horner says that Torosaurus "will now be abolished as a species and specimens reassigned to Triceratops."




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Old 08-03-2010, 10:26 PM   #2
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:28 PM   #3
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What about the Brontosaurus?
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:30 PM   #4
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:31 PM   #5
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:32 PM   #6
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All kidding aside, this just makes it better.

The Brontosaurus and Triceratops were just younger forms of bigger and better dinosaurs.

I can't wait to find out what an adult T-rex was like.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:35 PM   #7
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You watched Land Before Time too, didn't you.

Poor Three Horn.
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At least he's now prepared for Santa, Jesus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, God, Mickey Mouse, Allah, Special Agent Oso and that ****er, Donald Duck.
I was about to say, "Back the **** up off Donald Duck. Seriously."

But, I'm a Daffy man, myself.
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:41 PM   #13
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:42 PM   #14
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