Being a huge dinosaur-lover, I can’t believe I’m just hearing about this now, but back in July/August of this year, it was announced that triceratops never existed. In fact, both Triceratops and Torosaurus are now believed to have been the same dinosaur, but at different growth stages. Sound familiar? It’s a lot like the mix-up with Brontosaurus and Apatosaurus, and in fact both mistakes were made by Othniel Marsh (read my article, “Brontosaurus Does Not Exist“).
So, after more than 100 years, paleontologists have examined enough fossils to see that although Triceratops’ skull looks very different from Torosaurus, the dinosaur just looked very different once it was older.
For more information, read Scientists: Triceratops May Never Have Existed