: Styracosaurus Albertensis
Type of Dinosaur
: Cretaceous Period
: Foliage (herbivorous)
: 18 feet (average)
: 3 tons (average)
12 Styracosaurus Facts for Kids
The Styracosaurus was discovered in 1913 by Charles Mortram Sternberg in the Dinosaur Park Formation in Alberta, Canada.
The Styracosaurus got its scientific name Styracosaurus albertensis in 1913 by Lawrence Lambe.
The name Styracosaurus means: Spiked Lizard.
The name Styracosaurus is pronounced: “stih-RAK-uh-SAWR-us”.
The Styracosaurus was part of a group of dinosaurs known as ceratopsians.
They lived in the Cretaceous Period (Campanian stage) between 75 and 75.5 million years ago.
The average length of a Styracosaurus is 18 feet.
The average weight of a Styracosaurus is 3 tons.
Styracosaurus was a herbivore that ate a wide variety of vegetation near the ground.
The horn that protruded from the nose of a Styracosaurus could have reached up to 2 feet in length.
A notable feature of the Styracosaurus is the six parietal spikes that extended from its neck frill.
Paleontologists think the nose horn and the six parietal spikes on the Styracosaurus’s neck frill might have been used as defensive weapons against predators.
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A picture of a Styracosaurus Albertensis Specimen
Credit: Wally Gobetz / Flickr
A sketch of a Styracosaurus Albertensis dinosaur.
Credit: Natural History Museum, London
A close-up photo of a Styracosaurus Albertensis skull.
Credit: Haxorus54 / Deviant Art
Additional Resources on Styracosaurus
Styracosaurus - Wikipedia
– Learn more about the Styracosaurus on the Wikipedia Website.
Styracosaurus - Western Australian Museum
– Discover more cool facts about the Styracosaurus on the Western Australian Museum website.
The Last Styracosaurus Standing
– In just a few years, three species of Styracosaurus were cut down to just one, learn why.