Triceratops horn core

Object of the Month: 07/2000

What is it?:

Triceratops horn core


Where was it collected:

In 1963 by SMM paleontology staff during the Hell Creek expeditions


Dimensions:

20cm x 12cm


Accession #: P63:5:7

Triceratops horn core
Triceratops horn core


The Science Museum of Minnesota has one of only four mounted Triceratops in the world. The Science Museum's specimen, which can be seen in the museum's Dinosaurs and Fossils Gallery, is actually a composite of two individuals, but it is the largest and most complete Triceratops specimen on display anywhere.

Many more specimens of this largest of horned dinosaurs are housed in the Paleontology Department collections as well. When Triceratops horn cores were first discovered, they were identified as fossil bison horns. No one at that time could imagine a giant reptile with massive horns. When more complete skulls were found, the error was corrected.