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Re: Triceratops Stance

Dinosaur George writes:

I've been asked to create a short video for a museum about the leg position of Triceratops. Older skeletons have the legs mounted more reptilian like (splayed out to the side), while the newer mounts are more mammal-like in stance with legs almost directly underneath the body.

Is there any consensus among those of you who study the Ceratopsians as to the correct placement of the legs? What evidence supports this new leg positioning?

I believe more recent studies suggest the forelimbs were bowed slightly outwards, while the hindlimbs were directly beneath the body. If so, it turns out everyone was at least 50% correct.


Dann Pigdon
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