Triceratops’s horns were wonderful examples of Mesozoic armature. From the eye socket to tip, the horn cores could reach four feet in length and often had a graceful double curve like the horns of longhorn cattle from the Wild West. (life size dinosaur for sale)When the first Triceratops horns were discovered in Colorado in 1880, (dinosaur factory)Professor Marsh thought they had belonged to ancient buffalo. But although Triceratops horns were shaped like a buffalo’s, they were located on the head in a far more dangerous orientation. Longhorn cattle and buffalo horns face sideways, and their horn thrusts can only be delivered by tossing the. head to the left or right. Triceratops thrusts could be far more precise.
Its horns curved forward and slightly outward over the long snout. Although the head was massive, it was nearly perfectly balanced on the ball-and-socket-type joint between the head and the neck. (lifelike dinosaur for sale)The heavy snout forward was counterbalanced by the broad head shield extending back-ward. The entire apparatus was a marvelous combination of delicate musculoskeletal poise and brute power, allowing Triceratops to lunge forward at its opponent with the entire set of horn tips.
The neck is a vulnerable point in any vertebrate, and Triceratops protected its neck with a flaring collar of bone, fringed by short, sharp, horn-covered spikes. Part of this frill was covered by an extension of the jaw muscles. (realistic dinosaur models)But the wide periphery of the bony frill was pure armor, covered with tough horny skin. Below each eye and just above the jaw joint was a short horn-covered spike that protected the cheek. This defensive master-machine alive and in action must have been a sight to behold, its eight-foot skull pivoting easily left and right, its neck frill swinging in wide arcs.