I never would have thought of Minnesota as a hot spot for dinosaurs, but reader Mark Ryan keeps
from the Gopher State. His latest submission is of one of several metallic dinosaurs that once graced the lawn of a mansion in uptown Minneapolis. The question is, what dinosaur was it? It clearly had the elongated frill and brow horns of what has previously been called
, but the solid frill is a dead giveaway for
. Given the new debate over
whether "Torosaurus" is really just an adult Triceratops
, perhaps this sculpture can be seen as a sort of transitional growth phase, though—since it was built many years ago and has recently disappeared from the lawn—I wouldn't bet on it.
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