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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
  • Weighed: 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 ceratopsid.
  5. They lived during the Late Cretaceous period about 68 million years ago.
  6. Estimates put the weight of a Triceratops between 6.5 to 13 tons.
  7. Estimates put the length of a Triceratops between 25 to 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 3 horns and the bony frill on its head.
  12. The Triceratops is the state dinosaur of Wyoming.

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