DINO-MIGHTTriceratops Grave Reveals Unexpected Sociable Dinosaurs, Similar to Scenes from ‘Jurassic Park’

Scientists delving into a Triceratops grave have stumbled upon a poignant revelation about the spiky behemoths, akin to scenes from “Jurassic Park.” Originally thought to live solitary lives, it appears these creatures had a more social existence than previously imagined.

Discovered in Wyoming in 2013, what initially seemed like a solitary Triceratops turned out to be a group of five, huddled together in death. Paleontologist Jimmy de Rooij, leading the excavation, describes the find as raising “all kinds of new questions.”

Paleontologist Jimmy de Rooij holding a Triceratops horn, describes the find as raising “all kinds of new questions.” | Credit: Naturalis Biodiversity Center

“Who knew these ancient creatures had such a tight-knit social circle?” quips de Rooij, pondering the newfound complexities of dinosaur behavior. The excavation, spanning over ten years, yielded a treasure trove of 1200 bones and bone fragments, sparking fresh inquiries into Triceratops dynamics.

While the find has piqued scientific curiosity, it also offers a glimpse into the painstaking work of paleontology. “It was a Herculean effort,” notes de Rooij, emphasizing the meticulous process of extraction from the quarry.

With this groundbreaking discovery, de Rooij, hoping to secure a PhD from Utrecht University, anticipates further exploration into the social intricacies of these ancient beasts. As for the Triceratops, their once-hidden camaraderie sheds light on a previously overlooked aspect of dinosaur life, forever altering our perception of these iconic creatures.


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