One of the most well-known dinosaurs of all time, Triceratops iseasily recognized by its two large brow horns, its short nose hornand its large bony shield-like frill.
Triceratops was one of the last non-bird dinosaurs, living rightup until the extinction event that occurred at the end of theCretaceous Period around 66 million years ago. Since its discoveryin 1889, numerous remains have been found including completeskeletons, making this one of the most well-known and understooddinosaurs. Examples of young, middle-aged and older Triceratopshave been discovered.
The purpose of the distinctive three horns and frill ofTriceratops has been a subject of great interest amongpaleontologists. Some scientists believe they used their horns fordefense from predators and that their frill protected theirvulnerable neck. More recent interpretations, however, lean towardsthe idea that the frill was likely brightly colored and may havebeen used to attract mates, or for identifying individual animals.The horns may have been used in dominance displays and battlesamong males for the attention of females.
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