Like antlers and horns on modern day mammals, Triceratops horns were probably used more for show (and thus mate selection) than for defense. But if you would rather forget we said that and instead reminisce on the more romantic T. rex versus Triceratops concept, we'll understand. And its important to remember that much speculation goes into recreating the life of dinosaurs so Triceratops may have indeed defended itself with those massive, reinforced horns.
Triceratops of course had three horns, two on it's brow and another smaller horn behind it's snout. When you hold these giant bones in your hands, consider that only the inner cores are preserved as fossils. In life, these structures would have been sheathed in a hard, shiny horn. Truly this was an awesome tool for one incredible dinosaur.
The horns are:
21.5 inches long
21.5 inches wide at the tips
14 inches wide at the base
21.5" wide x 21.5" long
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