Lot Content

Global notice COVID-19 Important notice
THE SKULL OF A TRICERATOPS
This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse … Read more
THE SKULL OF A TRICERATOPS

HELL CREEK FORMATION, MONTANA

Details
THE SKULL OF A TRICERATOPS
HELL CREEK FORMATION, MONTANA
From the Maastrichtian, late Cretaceous (68-65 Mya), the skull of a Triceratops prorsus , mounted on stand.
75in. (1900cm.) long; 88in. (2240cm.) high on stand
Provenance
Excavated from Private land in Montana in 2012
Literature
Marsh, O. 'Description of new dinosaurian reptiles', The American Journal of Science series 3, 39, pp.81-86
Special Notice

This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage

Condition Report

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

With its three-horned head, the triceratops is one of the most famous species of dinosaur. They lived at the very end of the Cretaceous Period before the fatal mass-extinction triggered by the asteroid that caused the Chicxulub crater 65 million years ago.
These 30-foot long herbivores, weighing 12 tonnes, roamed in an area that is now to the East of the Rocky Mountains in North America, which then had a mild climate. They lived contemporaneously with, and were predated upon by, Tyrannoraurs rex. The horns and bony frill on the skull were probably used as a defense against this fearsome foe; although a recent theory has suggested that the frill may have been highly coloured and for ornamentaion, or even temperature regulation.
The first specimen discoved was a pair of horns that were mistaken for a Pliocene bison in 1887. Later realising his mistake the two species, horridus and prorsus, were described by Othniel Charles Marsh in 1889-90. The first mounted skeleton was reconstructed by the Smithsonian in 1905 and has remained on display ever since. For over a century the triceratops has remained one of the most easily recognised and iconic species of dinosaurs.

More from Out of the Ordinary

View All
View All