A LARGE TRICERATOPS HORN
Late Cretaceous, Maastrichtian stage
Hell Creek Formation, Montana, USA
Measuring 20 inches in length (50 cm) mounted on custom base 27.6 x 11.8 x 7.9 inches (70 x 30 x 20 cm).
Triceratops are undoubtedly one of the world's best-known and most popular dinosaurs, due in part to its distinctive three-horned skull and flared bony frill. Although fearsome in appearance, these horns were long-considered to serve a primarily defensive function, though recent theories suggest that the horns were more likely for courtship and dominance displays as can be analogously in certain modern animals.
The present supraorbital horn, or “brow” horn, is probably from a young adult judging from its slight natural curve and medium size of 20 inches in length. In excellent condition with natural texture and robust base cavity.