Why does the Horned Dinosaur with Horns Draw?
HORNED DINOSAURS, a large and fearsome land animal that once dominated Earth’s oceans, are being hunted in parts of Asia and Africa for their horned heads, horns and bone tools.
Horned dinosaurs once roamed the globe, and they were a huge part of the evolutionary story of dinosaurs, according to new research published online this week in the journal Science.
These ancient, long-lived creatures were the most primitive and dynamic creatures ever found, said lead author of the study, evolutionary biologist and paleontologist Dr. Susanne Biermann of the University of Washington in Seattle.
Horned dinosaurs are so large, they could have been able to stand on their hind legs, she said.
The species’ large size and adaptability to harsh environments have made them a threat to other animals.
They could also help scientists understand how other dinosaurs were able to live long lives, said the study’s lead author, Dr. David Laughlin of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
While it’s unclear why the horns were drawn, there are some theories.
It could have come from the horns being worn by the animals as a sign of strength or a sign they were about to get eaten, or they could simply be a reflection of the animal’s personality, said Bierman, who was not involved in the research.
Whatever the reason, the horns of horned dinosaurs are among the most valuable items on the market today.
The researchers found that there was a significant demand for horned dinosaur horns on the African continent and in parts in Asia.
The horns were sold at auction in China, Russia and Russia and Vietnam.
The price for one horn in China ranged from $5,000 to $10,000, and the price in Vietnam and Russia ranged from around $30,000.
Biermann said the horns might have been sold as an alternative to ivory, which is still used as a luxury item in parts on the Asian continent.