Three Triceratops Pluto

Even though “scientists” made some observations, and their announcement regarding Triceratops and Torosaurus has been reversed, and even though I agree with the Pluto call, this is a fantastic reboot of the ultra-nerdy Three Wolf Moon meme.

It was already known that triceratops skulls changed throughout their development, but not that the final result was a torosaurus. Torosaurus will now be abolished as a species and specimens reassigned to Triceratops, says Horner.

On a side note, I recently re-watched Jurassic Park. I was surprised to notice something I’d never caught… When Nedry steals the frozen embryos, the ones marked Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus are misspelled as Stegasaurus and Tyranosaurus.


One Response to Three Triceratops Pluto

  1. The “Pluto call” is just one viewpoint in an ongoing controversy and not gospel truth. Only four percent of the IAU voted on this, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately opposed in a formal petition by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. Stern and like-minded scientists favor a broader planet definition that includes any non-self-luminous spheroidal body in orbit around a star. The spherical part is important because objects become spherical when they attain a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium, meaning they are large enough for their own gravity to pull them into a round shape. This is a characteristic of planets and not of shapeless asteroids and Kuiper Belt Objects. Pluto meets this criterion and is therefore a planet. Under this definition, our solar system has 13 planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris.

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