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Triceratops species

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Among the most well known dinosaurs in earth's history, is the lumbering three-horned beast called Triceratops. This genus of ornithician dinosaur were once roaming nearly everywhere on northern hemisphere, spread across from North America to Eurasia and some even ventured down, crossing the equator to the lower half of the world. Hundred of fossils were uncovered from different part of the world and many of them are very complete that they can give a lot of important information about how these beasts live when they were alive. Record from shapeshifter's transformation is also frequently reported, making their physical look very well understanded.

Currently, there are four known species of Triceratops. All of them were from the very late of Cretaceous period, ranging from 69-66 million years ago. Two species were uncovered in North America while the other two found in Eurasia.

Triceratops horridus

T. horridus
is the most basal specie, uncovered from earlier shale of North American formation, ranging from far north to central part. It's the most abundant specie, with tons of materials uncovered in large area. This specie has no record from shapeshifter transformation but from its fossil, it could be distinguished from other species by the more elongated skull, rather upward and long facial horns and very small nasal horn. It's the biggest specie with one individual estimated up to 10 metres and weight more than 10 tons. Its fossil usually were found in large number with many individuals in the same area, indicate that T. horridus grouped up much larger than other species and often migrate long distance, covering large portion of North American continent.

Triceratops prorsus

Not as widespread as T. horridus, T. prorsus is found only in the northwestern part of North America. It lived after T. horridus, at the very end of Cretaceous period and is likely a direct descendant. Biggest individual found is around 9 metres long but usually stay at 7-8 metres. It has shorter horns than T. horridus, with its facial horns more downward curve, as well as bigger nosal horn in proportion. From the transformation record, T. prorsus is a large dull color animal with dark grey or brown body with sparsely white and black speckle on their back and underbelly. The lower half and underbelly is darker than the top. Male has white lighter frill with black frame at the edge of the frill and white radius spreading from the forehead. Female has more solid color and is lighter than male. T. prorsus is the only specie of Triceratops that were found with complete ontogeny from hatchling to adult. Its less density of fossil also indicates that it may not group up as large as its ancestor, which this trait seems to apply to every more advance species of Triceratops, not just T. prorsus itself. T. prorsus is famous for having evidence of its interaction with Tyrannosaurus rex occidentalis, the no less famous predator which lived in the same place and same time and was likely the major predator of Triceratops. many bite marks were found on spine and skull of this Triceratops specie.

Triceratops pennatus

T. pennatus
is found in the same time as T. prorsus but in many parts of nothern Eurasian continent instead. It is very closely related to T. prorsus and were once considered as the same specie until more difference in skull and physical look from transformation record were found. The overal skull is similar to T. prorsus, but with the cheek projections point forward more than its cousin, reminding of butterfly wings. The physical look of living animal is also similar to T. prorsus, only that male's frill is solid white with black frame intead of white radiant. Female's never found but speculate to be similar to female T. prorsus. The size is also very similar, however a fragment material from Black Clay Formation may belongs to an animal the same size as the biggest T. horridus. T. pennatus also faced the same predator as its cousin, but instead the Eurasian subspecies of T. rex, Tyrannosaurus rex eurasiaticus, which can grow even bigger than the North American counterpart. A single individual of Triceratops were found with T. rex teeth stuck in its frill.

Triceratops magnicornis

The only specie of Triceratops that were found pass the equator and into sounthern hemisphere. Its remains was found in the Islands of Indonesia. This is the least known and the smallest specie of Triceratops, with the biggest individual ever found lenght up only 5 metres long and is already fully grown. Its small size might be due to insular dwarfism, where animal in confined space like island decreases in size to adapt to limited resource. It has similar skull to T. pennatus such as similar facial horns and pointing forward cheek projections, but a big difference at its nasal horn which is much larger in proportion and some may have almost the same length as facial horns. There's no transformation record from this specie. T. magnicornis is likely evolved from T. pennatus that spread to the sounthern part of Eurasia and cross the sea into the islands, which soon split further from the mainland and trapped these animals there. Without large predator like giant Tyrannosaurid to hunt them, they trade their impressive size to adapt to dense jungle environment of Indonesia with fewer but more diverse food. However, there is still small native predator that become their main predator instead, the 6 metres long Megaraptoran, Mallukaya menadoensis, a rather famous predatory theropod with large, serrated hook claw on each of its hand. A Triceratops were found locked up in a fight with a Mallukaya in the famous "Combat fossil" dug from Bornisutra Island of Indonesia.

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Triceratops pennatus, Triceratops magnicornis (c) TheJuras

Ps: This information is fictional and only loosely based on reality.
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Owl-shark Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Umm, this may cause some alarm for you, but someone posted these on Facebook, and may or may not have sensationalized them by claiming the last two were real..
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I can't help about that, I did say and even highlighted in the description that these are fictional info. Let's hope someone wouldn't be ignorant enough to put them on Wikipedia.
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AWESOME-MAN-NAPPA Featured By Owner Edited Oct 16, 2017  New Deviant Professional General Artist
T. magni would definitely represent those Trikes that lived in between the end of the Cretaceous, 67 million years to be precise. Just one of the best dinosaurs yet no matter what new ones are found Triceratops just tops them all, great job.
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zap123build Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Hello! I was wondering if i may use this in a youtube video i am making, (we will give you 100% credit of course) and we are not monetizing our videos.

Youtube channel is; The Expeditioner's Discovery Guild, if you were wondering

www.youtube.com/channel/UCAaqN…
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love too, but this piece is not a totally accurate paleoart. It contains fictional species and probably some accuracy mistake as well.
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zap123build Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I was just going to use the horridus and prorsus heads
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright then, feel free to use it. :) Please tell me when the media is done.
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mynameisnotdave23 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Student Artist
how did they get to Eurasia?
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Crossing a land bridge, which presented during late Cretaceous in this universe.
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Lediblock2 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 23, 2017
Could we please see a picture of Mallukaya sometime soon?
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DovahkiinHU3BR Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
While I see two are ficticional I must warn you about T. prorsus: there are some T. prorsus specimens (as well as some transitional ones) that show straight horns (www.pnas.org/content/111/28/10… www.researchgate.net/figure/27…)
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aren't those skulls from subadult specimen? One of the picture even said so... Sub adult has morr straight or curve up horns due to the transition from the upward horn of juvenile to down curve horn of adult.
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DovahkiinHU3BR Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
It is a subadult but it is so big that it is almost an adult. Such a drastic transformation can not hapen on a relatively extremely short period of time. Also observe how different the shape of their horns are. And there are other specimens as well: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… and the shape of the horns of the last one is very similar to the horns of AMNH 5116, a T. horridus 2.bp.blogspot.com/_etEZg8WDrtg…

This picture www.encyklopedia.dinozaury.com… also shows some individual variations (even tough some horns there belong to T. prorsus)
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok, I guess it has more variation than I thought then... Thanks for the info.
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DovahkiinHU3BR Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
You are welcome
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Mattoosaurus Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work! Since there are also fictional species of Tyrannosaurus mentioned, do you at all perhaps intend on making something like this for them?
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's in the plan. ;)
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Mattoosaurus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting.
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Until now, I only knew two of the species.
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Remind you again that only 2 are real here. The other 2 are fictional species made for Spec Evo purpose.
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh.
Well, I have made my own species Triceratops. It's a modern day species called Triceratops lapis, named for its bright blue skin. It's kind of small like magnicornis, but the females are larger than the males.
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Dinosaurguy10 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017   General Artist
SO NOICE
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Dinosaurguy10 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017   General Artist
:D
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AntonellisofbBender Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Student Filmographer
this triceratops looks like the one in Dinosaur Revolution
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Fireplume Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful work!
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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hananas59 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks beautiful, don't have time to read this all now but I'll be sure to do it soon!
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TheJuras Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, just to mention that it's not actual Triceratops fact but rather a fiction version for MVC universe, you know?

Thanks for being interested btw. :D
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hananas59 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I saw that, it's marvelous valley, which makes it great no matter what :D
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