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Triceratops Facts

  • Species Type: Ceratops horridus
  • Type of Dinosaur: Ceratopsid
  • Period: Late Cretaceous
  • Diet: Foliage (herbivorous)
  • Life Span: Unknown
  • Length: 25 to 30 feet
  • Weight: 6.5 to 13 tons

12 Triceratops Facts for Kids

  1. The Triceratops was discovered in 1877 by George Lyman Cannon in Colorado.
  2. The name Triceratops means: Three-horned Face.
  3. The name Triceratops is pronounced: "try-SAIR-uh-tops".
  4. The Triceratops was part of a group of dinosaurs known as ceratopsids.
  5. They lived during the Late Cretaceous period about 68 million years ago.
  6. Estimates put the weight of a Triceratops between 6.5 and 13 tons.
  7. Estimates put the length of a Triceratops between 25 and 30 feet.
  8. Estimates put the top running speed of a Triceratops up to 20 mph.
  9. The Triceratops was a herbivore who ate foliage near the ground.
  10. The Triceratops had a bird-like beak on its mouth.
  11. The Triceratops was able to fight off predators with its three horns and the bony frill on its head.
  12. The Triceratops is the state dinosaur of Wyoming.

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