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Triceratops: Dinosaur Quick Facts


Meaning – Triceratops means “three-horned face”
Named By – Othniel Marsh
When Named – 1889

What did the Triceratops eat?

Herbivore (plant-eater)

How big was the Triceratops?

Length – 30 feet long
Height – 7 ft tall at the hips
Weight – up to 6-12 tons

When did the Triceratops live?

Late Cretaceous period, about 72-65 million years ago

Where did the Triceratops live?

Fossils have been found in western Canada and the western United States, North America.

Where have fossils from the Triceratops been found?

What has been Found – About 50 Triceratops skulls and some partial skeletons have been found.
Who Found the First Fossil and When – The first Triceratops skull was found in 1888 by John Bell Hatcher.

What is the classification of the Triceratops?

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Archosauria
Order Ornithischia
Suborder Marginocephalia
Infraorder Ceratopsia
Family Ceratopsidae
Genus Triceratops
Species T. horridus

Interesting facts about the Triceratops?

When threatened by predators, Triceratops probably charged into its enemy like the modern-day rhinoceros does. Triceratops was probably a herding animal, like the other ceratopsians. T. rex probably ate dinosaurs like Triceratops.