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Re: Triceratops Skull



This view, of a "bull-like" _Triceratops_, is also presented in Dinosaurs of
the Southwest, by Ronald Ratkevich.
I find the idea unlikely, as, at least pictured in this book, it would be
hard for the head to decline and graze, and it would severely limit lateral
motion.
Peace,
Rob

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----- Original Message -----
From: "sdhughes" <sdhughes@ualberta.ca>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2002 8:51 PM
Subject: Triceratops Skull


> I have recently attended a introductory University course on the evolution
of
> Dinosaurs at the University of Alberta. The prof in this course told us
that
> Paleontologists have relatively recently come up with theories about the
> Triceratops skull. The theory is that the extended back ridge of the skull
was
> actually used for attachment of muscles for the jaw. As well as this
muscle
> they believe that there was a large muscle behind the ridge to aid in
lifting
> their massive skulls. This gives the Triceratops a more bull-like
appearance.
> Is this a common theory?
>  Thanks
> Shara
>
>