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    Triceratops horridus
    Late Cretaceous
    Hell Creek Formation, Montana

    Universally popular, Triceratops ("three-horned face") was a herbivorous ceratopsian dinosaur easily recognizable with its large bony frill and three horns. This four-legged ceratopsid shared the environment with Tyrannosaurus and was surely preyed upon by the "Tyrant King" although it is now debated as to whether these iconic dinosaurs actually engaged in the fearsome battle scenes so commonly portrayed in museum exhibits, media images and popular culture. Very prolific in the renowned Hell Creek Formation, Triceratops was one of the last dinosaurs to appear before the big mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period some 65 million years ago. Although it would seem that the bony frill and horns would be primarily used for defense against predators, there is a recent theory that the features were more likely for identification, courtship and dominance displays as can be analogously in certain modern animals. This large brown horn is a fine specimen although a small piece of the tip was damaged and has been repaired. The horn is large and has a huge concavity at the end. The preservation is excellent, and the tip is natural - a very uncommon circumstance with larger brow horns. This piece is a fine representative example of a quality Triceratops brow horn and comes with a lined custom metal stand for display.
    Measurements: 18.5 x 6 x 4.5 inches (47 x 15.24 x 11.43 cm) (Length measured on the curve.)

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 17
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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