This New Study Links Dinosaur Horns To Acutal Horniness

Scientists have been trying to figure out for some time why certain dinosaurs like the triceratops were decorated with horns and frills, while others were not. However, new research from the journal Palaeontologia Electronica suggests that these characteristics may have been a result of “socio-sexual signaling.”

In other words, they put the horns in horny.

The study looked at 37 specimens of Protoceratops andrewsi, a sheep-sized dinosaur related to the triceratops. They found that horns and frills grew more as they got older, possibly to communicate that they were ready to mate.

Past research has also think frills and horns to purposes of combat, as well as a way to denote to dinosaurs a specific species, status and/or age. But the authors of this most recent theory argue that sexy signals make the most sense.

“Sexual selection is a massively important force in shaping biodiversity both now and in the past,” Rob Knell, co-author of the study, said in a statement. “Not only does sexual selection account for most of the stranger, prettier and more impressive features that we see in the animal kingdom, it also seems to play a part in determining how new species arise.”



It’s hard to get a group of scientists to entertain the possibility of a prehistoric species getting laid more than they do, which makes this conclusion even more believable: Horny dinosaurs can get it.

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