Everyone seems to enjoy destroying my childhood memories lately.  When I heard last summer that the Triceratops may not have really existed, all those images of my favorite tri-horned dinosaur battling it out with a T-Rex were shattered.  But one plucky scientist refused to believe that Triceratops didn’t exist.  To him I say, bravo sir, bravo.

“Andrew Farke of the Raymond Alf Museum of Paleontology in Claremont, California analysed the fossils in detail, he concluded that Nedoceratops was a distinct genera. In PLoS ONE, he reports that for the three genera to be different growth stages of a single dinosaur, “would require cranial changes otherwise unknown” in horned dinosaurs.
Who’s right? Horned dinosaur fossils are common as fossils go, more research is in progress, and more debate is sure to follow.
But whatever is decided, the name Triceratops is not at risk, despite fears to the contrary voiced online last year. Because it was named before either Torosaurus or Nedoceratops, its place in prehistory is secure.”

Source: New Scientist


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