Bearing a large bony frill and three horns on its large four-legged body, Triceratops is one of the most recognizable of all dinosaurs. Although it shared the landscape with and was preyed upon by Tyrannosaurus rex, it is unclear whether the two battled the way they are commonly depicted in movies, children's dinosaur books and many cartoons.
A 100% complete Triceratops skeleton has yet to be found; however, the animal is well-known from numerous complete (Meaning 65% or more.) specimens collected since the introduction of the genus in 1887. The function of their frills and three distinctive facial horns has long inspired debate. Although traditionally viewed as defensive weapons against predators, the latest theories claim that it is more probable that these features were used in courtship and dominance displays, much like the antlers and horns of modern reindeer, mountain goats, or rhinoceros beetles.
Popular Culture Edit
- The 2010 animated film Toy Story 3 features Trixie, a new dinosaur toy.
- The 2014 comedy film Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb features an angry skeletal triceratops. Lancelot later tames her and names her Trixie. In the epilogue she 'dances' with Rexy the T.rex skeleton.
- ↑ http://fossilworks.org/bridge.pl?a=taxonInfo&taxon_no=53372
- ↑ http://fossilworks.org/bridge.pl?a=taxonInfo&taxon_no=63759
- ↑ http://fossilworks.org/bridge.pl?a=taxonInfo&taxon_no=63770
- ↑ O. C. Marsh. 1889. Notice of gigantic horned Dinosauria from the Cretaceous. American Journal of Science 38:173-175