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TRICERATOPS


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FAST FACTS

PERIOD: LATE CRETACEOUS
LENGTH: UP TO 9 M
WEIGHT: UP TO 12 TONS

How do you say it?

try-SAIR-uh-tops

Discovery:

When:       1877
Where:      Colorado
By Who:    O.C. Marsh
 

Fun Facts 

Triceratops’ distinctive frill and horns were likely used for both defense and display.

Triceratops was extremely common at the end of the Cretaceous Period

Triceratops individuals may have had as many as 800 teeth at any one time, and thousands
over their lifetimes.

Herbivore or Carnivore

How do paleontologists figure out if a dinosaur was a carnivore or an herbivore? Is it the number of teeth?

No! In fact, many herbivores, like Hadrosaurus and Triceratops, have far more teeth than even the toothiest of meat eaters, like T. rex or Baryonyx. 

Generally, we look at the shape of teeth to determine what these ancient animals ate. Animals that eat meat today often have sharp or pointed teeth. Like steak knives, these teeth often have serrated edges, which help to slice through meat. Animals that eat plants either have teeth that grind past each other to chew tough plant material. Triceratops may have had as many as 800 teeth at any one time!