Triceratops

Triceratops

Originally discovered in 1887 in Denver, USA, the triceratops existed in North America between 67 to 65 million years ago, towards the end of the Late Cretaceous Period. Known for their distinctive three horns and neck frill, the triceratops was a huge dinosaur, comparable in size to an African elephant.

The triceratops featured three distinctive horns, two large ones above its eyes and a smaller one on its snout, along with a large frill around its neck. The two horns above it eyes are thought to have grown up to 3ft long in length. It’s believed that both their horns and frills would have been used against predators.

As a herbivore, the triceratops would have lived off a diet of shrubs and other plant life. Amazingly this dinosaur had up to as many as 800 teeth that were continuously replaced throughout the animal's life and arranged in large groups called batteries. These batteries consisted of up to 40 tooth columns in each side of each jaw, and three to five stacked teeth per column.

Pronounced
tri-SERRA-tops
Meaning of name
Three horned face
Length
9m
Diet
Herbivore
Conservation Status
Extinct