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Quick Facts
Weight12000 kilos
Length9 meters
Height2.7 meters

George Lyman Cannon discovered Triceratops near Denver, Colorado, USA in 1887. It is known as a giant plant-eating quadrupedal ceratopsian dinosaur with its three horns and huge ornament. Triceratops belongs to the Ceratopsidae family that lived in the Late Cretaceous period with the big bad bully, T-Rex, some 67 to 65 million years ago. 

The name Triceratops comes from the Greek word "tri" meaning three and "keratosis" meaning horned face.

Do you know what those horns meant at the time of the dinosaurs?

They say that the horns were used to charm mates or to dominate and perhaps to protect against predators, which is useful in battles.

Since these dinosaurs were herbivores and loved to spend time eating lots of green things in the wild, it made them grow! These dinosaurs are comparable in size to an African elephant. Remember when your mom says you have to eat vegetables to grow fast? Well, that happened to the Triceratops; weighing 6 to 12 tons, 10 feet tall and 26 feet long. 

Triceratops runs at speeds of up to 20 mph, which is quite good for catching victims.

How long did the triceratops live?

Triceratops lived about 66 to 68 million years ago in the late Cretaceous along with the well-known movie villain, the T-rex. The climate was warm and dry, and there were numerous volcanoes.

Are rhinoceroses and triceratops related?

At first glance, rhinoceroses and triceratops may appear similar and even related. The rhinoceros appears to resemble the triceratops, but in reality they evolved completely separately and are not even the same species.

What does the name triceratops mean?

The name Triceratops comes from the Greek word "tri" meaning three and "keratosis" meaning horned face, which literally means "face with three horns".

Where did they live?

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Fun Facts

  • Triceratops means three-horned face in Greek.
  • Some triceratops may have 400 or even 800 teeth. 
  • Triceratops has the most massive head discovered of any terrestrial animal.
  • They used their horns to protect themselves from Tyrannosaurus Rex, which lived during the same time period.
  • Triceratops is the state dinosaur of Wyoming, USA. 

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