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Torosaurus - Adult Triceratops?
So does Triceratops still exist?
In August 2010 paleontologists reported that Torosaurus was not a separate species of dinosaurs, but the adult version of the popular Triceratops dinosaur. There was concern that we would have to stop talking about Triceratops and just use the name Torosaurus. The internet got very worried that Triceratops never existed, would we lose our beloved Triceratops?
Read on to find out the facts.
We love this Schleich Triceratops. Three horns, a bony crest, a beak nose, stocky build, scaly. Yes, definitely a Triceratops. Or is it?
New Study Says Torosaurus=Triceratops
In August 2010 the internet got very excited about a scientific research paper which claimed that Triceratops is the immature form of the dinosaur called Torosaurus.
Paleontologists including doctoral student John Scannella studied the skulls of many Triceratops and Torosaurus and concluded that the differences between the skulls were changes during the lifetime of the dinosaur. The possibility that the animals represented male and females of the same species was also considered. But Scannella thinks the mature/immature hypothesis is the most likely.
This blog post explains the discovery.
- New Study Says Torosaurus=Triceratops
Posted By: Brian Switek on the Smithsonian Dinosaur Tracking Blog - Where paleontology meets pop culture.
Triceratops are young Torosaurus
We looked in our dinosaur box and found a Torosaurus and a smaller Triceratops. And explained their new relationship :-)
Triceratops vs Torosaurus - Triceratops never existed?
The media got very concerned that the new research would mean that Triceratops no longer existed. The Daily Mail ran an article with the title 'Triceratops 'never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur'. There were suggestions that we wouldn't be able to use the name Triceratops any more and we would have to replace the name Triceratops with Torosaurus.
This concern for a childhood favorite dinosaur was unfounded. When it comes to naming species its the earliest name that wins. And Triceratops was named in 1891 wheres Torosaurus was named in 1989. Phew. It was close. But Triceratops is safe!
- Triceratops 'never really existed but was just a young version of another dinosaur'
One of the alarmist headlines that caused concern that Triceratops would disappear. Actually the text of the article concedes that "All torosaurus specimens will now be reclassified as triceratops".
- Relax - Triceratops Really Did Exist
By Brian Switek at Dinosaur Tracking.
Do you agree with the research?
Is Triceratops and young Torosaurus?
Buy a Triceratops - Best Toy Triceratops
Triceratops is definitely one of the favorite childhood dinosaurs. There are some brilliant Triceratops toys available. Here are some of our favorites.
And yes, they are definitely still called Triceratops. You just won't find any old Triceratops.
Learn about Triceratops vs Torosaurus
Resources to learn more about the research into the relationship between Triceratops and Torosaurus, including the journal paper that claims that Torosaurus is the mature version of Triceratops.
- Torosaurus is Triceratops? 5 Questions for Paleontologist John Scannella
Doctoral student John Scannella's research suggests that Torosaurus is a mature Triceratops rather than a species.
- Torosaurus Marsh, 1891, is Triceratops Marsh, 1889 (Ceratopsidae: Chasmosaurinae): synonymy through
Authors: John B. Scannella; John R. Horner This is the research paper that suggests that Torosaurus is the adult form of Triceratops. Abstract "Although they have been considered distinct genera for over a century, ontogenetic analyses reveal that T
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