Here, you’ll learn facts about the Triceratops dinosaur of the Cretaceous period, which lived and roamed throughout western North America anywhere from 60–80 million years ago. Some of the Triceratops’s common stomping grounds included the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as the northwestern states in the contiguous US.
- The Triceratops was a rather large reptile with an even larger head. In fact, a Triceratops’s skull accounted for one-third of its entire body! They had three horns and an extremely long beak that helped them reach heights, eat, attract mates, and intimidate predators (like the Tyrannosaurus).
- The behavior of Triceratops is unknown. However, based on scientific discoveries, we can speculate that they were aggressive when defending themselves and battling their top predators.
- Triceratops weighed up to 16,000 pounds and measured up to 30 feet in length. However, one of the Triceratops’s unique and distinguishing characteristics was the structure of their teeth. Triceratops had three to five columns of stacked teeth with up to 800 teeth. Additionally, they could grow new teeth to get rid of old, broken teeth when needed.
- The Triceratops was discovered in 1887 and classified in 1889 by a paleontologist named O.C. Marsh. Marsh categorized these dinosaurs into two categories, known as T. horridus and T. prorsus, both of which contain three facial horns. However, T. horridus had horns that were much shorter than T. prorsus.
- The Triceratops is believed to be one of the last non-avian dinosaurs to have evolved. Meaning, they lived strictly on land and didn’t have the ability to fly. They were considered to be some of the last dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period.
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