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The three-horned dinosaur may have been just a different stage of the Torosaurus.

Some paleontologists are rewriting the history of the dinosaur. Experts have concluded that the Triceratops may have never existed, according to the Montana State University News Service and the Chicago Tribune. 

Since the 1800's, scientists have believed that the Triceratops and the Torosaurus were two separate dinosaurs, but now two researchers at Montana State University have concluded that the Triceratops and the Torosaurus were actually one in the same -- at different stages of growth.   

Both dinosaurs had a three-horned skull but while the Triceratops had a smaller frill, the Torosaurus had a larger frill with two large holes in it. 

MSU paleontologists John Scannella and Jack Horner noticed while considering more than 100 years of dinosaur research, that the remains of a young Torosaurus had never been found.

After participating in a 10-year study led by Horner, researchers concluded that the Triceratops hadn't lived long enough to fully develop the frill that would identify them as a Torosaurus.  Horner and Scannella published their findings in the July edition of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

According to Scannella, the confusion over Triceratops and Torosaurus was easy to understand, because juvenile dinosaurs looked very different, and their skulls changed radically as they matured.

"Paleontologists are at a disadvantage because we can't go out into the field and observe a living Triceratops grow up from a baby to an adult," Scannella said. "We have to put together the story based on fossils. In order to get the complete story, you need to have a large sample of fossils from many individuals representing different growth stages."

Recent studies by scientists have revealed extreme changes in the skulls of pachycephalosaurs, tyrannosaurs and other dinosaurs that died out about 65 million years ago in North America.

Scannella and Horner examined more than 50 Triceratops specimens for their study.

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By acer905 on 8/10/2010 12:42:08 PM , Rating: 2
Usually i don't pay too much attention to how old the news here may be... but when I find out something from failblog, and then a week later it ends up here... I'd say thats a bit much... Really, the only reason I've ever came here for the news has been for the comments (I personally can't stand the format that other sites use for comments, especially straight line comments sorted only newest to last) But lately there don't seem to be as many people commenting... Sad...

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By Mitch101 on 8/10/2010 1:01:15 PM , Rating: 2
I have to admit myself this is the second article on DT I read on Gizmodo maybe a week ago myself.

From running a deals and bargains site some time ago I understand that you need to have constant content to keep regulars coming back but like the previous poster I too am sad to see something from last week posted here.

I too am noticing the lack of posting here maybe a poll is needed to find out why people are posting less. You may not hear what you want but it should shed light on what is causing people to leave or not comment.

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By LordSooooStupid on 8/10/2010 1:05:30 PM , Rating: 3
" But lately there don't seem to be as many people commenting... Sad... "

That could be because the GW tripe has worn thin and the religion bashing is hot on its heels. Seriously, believe in either or not, the constant bashing and the writing of these types of articles just for the hits is old already. The true believers are not going to change their minds, so why bother?
IMO, Toms is worse. It seems like Toms is chocked full of tweens who only post for the sake of posting. Romper Room if you will.
This site is supposed to be daily"TECH".

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By Flunk on 8/10/2010 1:38:40 PM , Rating: 2
If you like I'm sure I can write a convincing flame bot to punch it up around here. Post all those "Me too!" posts and make this site just as bad as Tom's.

Actually it would take more than that to be as bad as Tom's.

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