Here we offer a excellent (supraorbital) brow horn, from a juvenile Triceratops
A Triceratops horn is the fossilized remains of what was once living bone.
However, when the animal was alive, the horn's bone was covered in keratin, a material very similar to a material that composes human fingernails.
As Triceratops matured its brow horns along with its beak horn made for a formidable defense against large carnivorous predators. The two brow horns were position just above each eye. The beak horn was slightly above its mouth. So lethal were these horns that even Tyrannosaurs rex rarely engaged in battle with a fully mature Triceratops, as it did so with a good chance of being mortally wounded.
As you can see, this juvenile horn is in excellent condition. The custom made stand is of course included. These specimens are typically rare to come by. However we were fortunate to acquire a couple during our last acquisition trip.
Horn Measures: ~ 9-1/4" Long x 1-1/4" - 3" thick
Height in Stand: ~ 11"
Location: Hell Creek Formation, Butte County, South Dakota, U.S.A.
Time Period: Cretaceous / ~ 65-75 MYO
Outside Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops may arguably be the most popular & recognizable dinosaur that ever lived.
Triceratops was a large plant-eating ceratopsian, quadrupedal dinosaur. It had a large frill of bone at the back of its skull and three large, forward pointing horns, that the "normally gentle" beast could use, when it needed to either defend itself from large carnivorous predators, or when asserting itself, within its own pack. Triceratops is translated from Latin, meaning " Three horned face."
As Triceratops lived during the last 3 million years of the Cretaceous Period (145.5 million to 65.5 myo), it was one of the last non-avian dinosaurs that evolved.
Depending on gender, an average adult Triceratops was estimated to have grown approximately 25 - 30 feet in length, 9 - 10 feet in height, and weighed 13,000–26,000 lb. A Triceratops skull was huge, (more than 8 feet long) putting it among the largest of any land animal that has ever lived.
Because of their large, low and heavy heads, Triceratops normally fed on low grasses and plants. However, it's thought they may also have knocked down small trees with their plated heads and horns, for other sources of fibrous vegetation. Their teeth were numerous, (up to 800 teeth, that were constantly replacing) arranged in groups called batteries. They were so numerous that Triceratops teeth are the most commonly fossil found, from that particular dinosaur.