Okay folks, here's the latest and greatest from our good buddies at the Black Hills Institute.
This is a replica of a fossil Triceratops hunk. I am told by one of the diggers that it comes from the flank of the creature. That's not the official line, as you'll read below, but an educated guess by the scientific staff (who can't publish it because its just a guess). The amazing thing is that it clearly shows the style of skin texture on this particular dinosaur.
Even more amazing is that on the back side, where the piece was fossilized against the underbelly of the beast, there is a stunning negative impression of the plates underneath... very crocodile like.
This is one of the best skin representations I've ever seen.
So don't let anyone tell you we don't know what dino skin looked like. Science keeps moving. And sometimes it moves MUCH faster than popular myth.
Here's what they have to say about it at the Black Hills Website:
"This fossil skin was found with an amazing Triceratops dinosaur nicknamed LANE. LANE’s skeleton was excavated from the Zerbst ranch in Wyoming, from the original Lance formation "type area," where most of the original 30+ skulls of Triceratops were collected in the late 1800's and early 1900's. One thing that makes LANE so amazing is the large blocks of skin that were found with the skeleton.
This skin section has pattern on both the front and reverse sides. The front side of this skin section has large coarse textured positive tubercles reaching 3/4” in size. This represents the front facing side of one of more than a dozen skin textures found with LANE. The reverse displays the negative side of a 1 1/4 x 3/4 rhombohedral pattern. Because this block of sandstone was broken off from the main block of sandstone that held the skeleton at the time of discovery, and the skeleton itself is a little jumbled in the rock, it is unclear where these particular patterns of skin would have been located on the body of Triceratops. LANE is currently being prepared for the Houston Museum of Natural Science."