After 67 million years
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What's in a name?
How do scientists classify something that vanished from the earth millions of years ago, and when did they first use the term dinosaur?
Love at first sight
Our palaeontologists recall their earliest dinosaur encounters.
Triceratops: How did it move?
What can we learn about how a dinosaur looked or moved from examining its skeleton?
Chipping away at the past
Experts uncover the Triceratops from the sedimentary rock it has been encased in for millennia.
Piecing the puzzle together
Anatomy of an icon
Why did Triceratops go extinct? What made it vulnerable?
67 Million years in the making
Vertebrate palaeontologist Tim Ziegler looks at the origins of the Triceratops fossil.
Meet the Triceratops
Museums Victoria palaeontologist Erich Fitzgerald travels to Canada to inspect a very special acquisition.
Frequently asked questions
Who is Horridus?
Horridus is the name we’ve given to the Melbourne Museum Triceratops. It comes from Triceratops horridus, the species to which Horridus belongs.
When was Horridus alive?
We don’t know the exact birthdate, but Horridus was alive during the late Cretaceous sometime between 68 and 66.3 million years ago.
Where did Horridus live?
In what is now western North America. Horridus was found in Montana, USA, under 3.5 metres of sandstone.
What’s so special about Horridus?
Our Triceratops fossil is a globally significant discovery. We have 85% of Horridus’ bones, making this the most complete real dinosaur fossil you can see anywhere in Australasia!
Is Horridus male or female?
We don’t know what sex Horridus is. This is because organs and other soft tissues usually decompose or are taken by scavengers before they can fossilise, making it difficult to tell the difference between male and female specimens of the same species.
Who found this fossil?
Craig Pfister discovered the fossil on private property in Montana, USA, in 2014. He noticed part of the pelvis protruding from sandstone, and from there Horridus was unearthed.
How big is Horridus?
The fossil weighs more than 1000kg and stands around 2 metres tall!
When can I see Horridus?
We’re busy preparing Horridus for public debut in 2022.
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