Triceratops Horridus

On March 12th, a massive Triceratops called Horridus was displayed at the Melbourne Museum, Australia for the first time in the new public exhibit called “Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs”.

About Triceratops

Triceratops is an extinct genus of dinosaurs that first appeared during the Late Cretaceous period, about 68 million years ago in North America. 66 million years ago, it became extinct in the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. Triceratops means ‘three-horned face’. T. horridus and T. prorsus are two species of Triceratops that are considered valid today.

About Horridus

  • Horridus, which was displayed at Australia’s Melbourne Museum, died 67 million years. It left behind a near-complete skeleton that is among the most intact ever found (85% complete). The nickname (Horridus) is derived from “Triceratops horridus”.
  • Horridus was an herbivore belonging to the Cretaceous period. It contains around 260 bones. It is around 2.5 meters tall, 7 meters long, and weighs more than 1,000 kilograms. The fossil’s skull is 98% complete and weighs about 261 kg.
  • In 2014, Horridus was discovered on private land in Montana, United States. In 2020, the fossil was acquired by Museums Victoria, Australia’s largest public museum organization.

The bones of this massive dinosaur can be examined through an interactive 3D digital model online, available on the website of the museum.

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