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Re: Triceratops

> > True, the triceratops stuff was pretty goofy. I mentioned it, among other
> > things, to stimulate discussion. The fact that a tree was lying on top of
> > one specimen probably had some influence on the preservation.
>Huh???  You mean they used a specimen crushed under a tree as the
>basis for their reconstruction??  No wonder it was sway-backed :-)

Well, maybe it's possible, but I doubt they'd be that silly. The S-shaped
vertebral column as they depicted it just wouldn't work either functionally
or biomechanically as far as I can tell; the fact that a tree was lying
over one specimen and that one or another one (I forgot) served as a dam
(debris was piled up along it) just makes me even more suspicious. But hey,
I work on theropods, not ceratopsians, so what do I know? :-)

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