Triceratops Fact Sheet


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What does the name Triceratops mean?

Triceratops translates to “three-horned face”. This name was given to it because of the three horns on its skull.

What family was the Triceratops part of?

The Triceratops is part of the Ceratopsidae family. It is a family of dinosaurs that were herbivores and walked on four legs. It also included other dinosaurs like the Centrosaurus and Styracosaurus.

What did the Triceratops eat?

The Triceratops was an herbivore, existing mostly on shrubs and other plant life. It used its beak-like mouth to grasp and pluck rather than bite food.

When and where did the Triceratops live?

The Triceratops lived in what is now North America in the late Cretaceous Periods, about 68 million years ago.

How big was the Triceratops?

It was a large dinosaur up to 9 meters (30 ft.) tall and weighed up to 12 metric tons (13 short tons).

When were the first remains of a Triceratops found?

The first remains of a Triceratops were found by George Lyman Cannon near Denver, Colorado in the spring of 1887. He found a pair of horns attached to a skull.

What are some unique features of the Triceratops?

One of the most distinctive features of the Triceratops is the three horns on its head. Some believe that it was used to defend itself from predators, while others think that it was used to help it find a mate or show dominance.

What are other interesting facts about the Triceratops?

The triceratops skull could grow over 2 meters (7 ft.) in length and had anywhere between 400 and 800 teeth.

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