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Paleontologists: Thornton’s dinosaur is in fact a torosaurus, not a triceratops

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 9:53am MST
The dinosaur fossil recently found in Thornton is in fact this creature - a torosaurus, not a triceratops as originally thought. (By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com) (Own work) CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

The dinosaur fossil recently found in Thornton is in fact this creature – a torosaurus, not a triceratops as originally thought. (By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com) (Own work) CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Thornton’s now famous dinosaur bones that were discovered at a construction site have been identified as a different prehistoric creature than originally thought.

Scientists with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science told CBS4 that they are actually remnants of a torosaurus, not a triceratops.

Dr. Joe Sertich, Curator of Dinosaurs at the museum, told the news station that the key in figuring out what it was came in the frill.

Sertich said, “I came in here and the preparators had cleaned off this part of the shield, the frill behind the head and I don’t think the preparators realized what this part was. This was a complete window opening in the frill.”

Sertich noted that the fact it is a torosaurus is in some ways even more exciting due to the rarity of that creature. This is in fact the only example of the torosaurus found in North America.

“This adds a really important single individual to a really rare dinosaur,” Sertich explained. “This is probably the most complete skull of a torosaurus.”

Watch the video of the report below.

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