The three-horned dinosaur Triceratops–which is familiar to millions of kids in plastic toy form–has the dubious distinction of being one of the last of its breed, the ceratopsians, to appear before the K/T Extinction Event that wiped the dinosaurs off the face of the earth. (See more facts, figures and news about Triceratops, 10 Facts About Triceratops and a gallery of Triceratops pictures.) As fearsome as it looked, Triceratops was a strict vegetarian. Scientists think its distinctive horns may have evolved for two reasons: either for use as mating displays (i.e., Triceratops males with bigger, sharper horns was able to mate with more females), and/or as a form of defense against the larger predators of the late Cretaceous period, like Tyrannosaurus Rex. A recent study has shown that many of the contusions on fossilized Triceratops bones were caused by Triceratops horns, which implies a role for intra-species combat as well (i.e., the horns were used to defend territory or establish dominance within the herd). One reason Triceratops is so well known is its large, bony skull, which fossilized fairly easily (and often in one piece)–a feature it shared in common with other ceratopsians. For this reason, complete Triceratops skulls have become prized items at auctions worldwide, fetching millions of dollars from wealthy bidders.
Made of fiberstone. Fiberstone is a mixture of sand and stones cast into the surface using terrazzo-like techniques. The surface is then sandblasted and chemically treated, and then hand painted with an antique acid stain to give the appearance of aged stone. Since it is reinforced with a fiberglass backing, it remains less fragile and lighter alternative to concrete and cast stone. By mastering the art of casting our products in fiberglass we manage to retain all the detail or the original with the added benefits of less weight, greater strength, and product suitability for both indoor and outdoor use. The advantages of fiberstone and fiberglass when compared to concrete, cast stone, and cement are that they are about half the weight, are far less fragile, and much more resistant. Also, Fiberstone sculptures and architectural elements are weather resistant and can be safely displayed both indoor and outdoor in your garden, when coated with your choice of one of our outside grade color finishes.
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