Spectacular Triceratops Skull
Lot 1060W
Spectacular Triceratops Skull
US$ 125,000 - 150,000
£94,000 - 110,000

Natural History

5 Dec 2017, 10:00 PST

Los Angeles

Lot Details
Spectacular Triceratops Skull
Spectacular Triceratops Skull
Triceratops prorsus
Cretaceous
Hell Creek Formation, Marmarth, North Dakota

Over seven feet in length, this impressive Triceratops prorsus skull boasts the preservation of the braincase within the skull and all three original horns – attributes seldom seen in this rare dinosaur. The characteristic frill of this fascinating genus is also presented in the meticulously prepared specimen. Extraordinarily complete, the braincase and both quadrates are present beneath the skull.

The remarkable adult Triceratops prorsus was discovered in the Hell Creek Formation of North Dakota, on a ranch near Marmarth, North Dakota, in August of 1999. Excavated by the late Dr. Bobby Deaton of Texas Wesleyan University, it remained in plaster field jackets for the following seventeen years. Painstaking laboratory preparation has taken place only in the past year.

Known for its characteristic brow horn and extensive frill, Triceratops is one of the most recognizable dinosaur genera. Triceratops lived at the end of the Cretaceous, 65 million years ago, in vast herds which were thought to have fed near the shorelines of the intracontinental seaway, which isolated the western half of North America from the rest of the continent.

The present awe-inspiring Triceratops prorsus skull specimen is offered on an expertly designed steel armature and display stand. Length measuring 86in; height measuring 81in including stand
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