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Triceratops Partial Head Plate Fossil with Brow Horn

United States, North Dakota, late Cretaceous period, about 68 million years before the current era (BCE). As a kid, who wasn't enthralled with the world of dinosaurs? We all had our favorites but the "big" 4 always included T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus (those of us old enough to remember this one before its name was changed) and Triceratops. We still have our son's plastic dinos in a tub in the garage and will one day hopefully give them to his sons or daughters. This is an amazing large section of the frill and brow horn of a juvenile triceratops - actual fossilized bone and not a cast. Found in North Dakota - an area that bordered an inland ocean that once covered the interior of the United States - in an area rich with triceratopian fossils. Wide, flat frill curving slightly upward, horn extending at about a 90 degree angle and used as a serious deterrent from carnivores of the day - including T-Rex. Size: 30" L x 13.5" W (76.2 cm x 34.3 cm); with the horn extending 14.5" L (36.8 cm); 20" H (50.8 cm) on included custom stand.

Triceratops is one of the most recognizable dinosaurs of all time. Emerging during the late Cretaceous, its name comes from its three distinct horns on its head, just below an armored crest that protected its neck and shoulders. It was an herbivore and probably used its formidable three-prong arsenal for defense. An adult could measure 30 feet long and stand 10 feet high. It is among the species of dinosaurs wiped out about 65,000,000 years ago when the earth was struck by a mountain-sized meteor.

Condition: Two small areas of new fill to stabilize, about 90% original bone, missing tip of horn as is normal, reassembled from perhaps 15 pieces.

Provenance: ex-private North Dakota, USA collection, found on private land

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