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Readers Respond: T. Rex vs. Triceratops - Who Wins?

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I can see the occasional time T-rex wins, but with that defensive neck frill and offensive/defensive horns, Triceratops can easily pierce T-rex underbellies all day erry day. I seriously doubt Triceratops was a slow, lumbering creature, too. I imagine that, while maybe it wasn't super fast and certainly didn't have the greatest stamina, it could charge like a bull, or even more appropriately, a rhino. It would have been hard to stop, for sure, and it probably had a hard time turning, but that makes its horns even deadlier when traveling at a quick pace like that. T-rex is an awesome predator, but unless it goes for the back end, where Triceratops probably had spiny quills along its spine anyway, or at least the sides closer to the back, things would probably get very ugly for T-rex if it involved itself with Tops.
—Guest Jara


Uniquely, Triceratops had a ball joint where spine joins skull. Ball joints allow rotational movement. It is used in the trailer hitches. Skull frill, ball joint, 3 horns = a most effective defense against T.Rex. Triceratops face predator, standing shoulder to shoulder. The taller T.Rex closes, strikes over the horns. As she strikes the neck frill, the nose of the skull pivots up at the ball joint. If the thrust is to the right of the center of the frill, the ball joint makes the horn move up and to the right, toward the head of the predator, without any thought or effort by Triceratops. The two eyebrow horns hold the T.Rex head in position for the nose horn to do the most damage. The power of her own downward strike is used to drive the nose horn up into her throat or soft under jaw. If the horn puncture wound was not fatal, it would make it hard to swallow. T.Rex may die before her wound heals. Either way Triceratops is not on the menu today. The herd is safe.


I saw a video the triceratops will lost a horn but he will place the other one in his hearth
—Guest pivotcat9

Good call

What a good call. Like most predator prey Relationships, prey normally comes out on top. Im sure a fully Grown Rex was capable of taking down a trike but would surely have been sick or injured ones, again, like today's predator prey relationships. Go on triceratops!
—Guest Me

Unlikely either would be acting alone

One-on-one combat T-rex would come out the winner most of the time. Ambush, bite, retreat, wait, move in for the kill. Triceratops defend, deliver a lucky blow, run away. Now put multi T-rexes against Triceratops and you immediately realize why ceratopsians were in herds or large groups.
—Guest Tharonyx

t-rex vs. triceratops-who wins

i think the triceratops won because of its huge protectun and huge hornes very hard to take down
—Guest bob

T-rex wins but...

Not sure the T-rex head was built for a full on ram of a large, low center of gravity opponent. Even the triceratops could hurt itself on a full charge into a heavy opponent. More likely the T-rex would use its initial surprise attack to take a bite, then back off to see what happens (septic bite ?). If the wound is severe, it can wait. If not, it can go back into hiding. Its great sense of smell means it can track a wounded/dying opponent for days, waiting for death or another attack opportunity. Its also big enough to make sure no one else can take his prize. Still a bit hard to see how anything that big (and likely smelly) sneaks up on anything. Wonder if one of its talents was to be able to stand motionless for long periods of time, in cover, at the fringe of a herd or along a trail. After a while the dumber prey forgets T-rex is there, assuming it is down wind, and wanders in close enough for a lunge.
—Guest Bart

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