Triceratops is a genus of herbivorous ceratopsid dinosaurthat first appeared during the late Maastrichtian stage of the late Cretaceous period, about 68 million years ago(mya) in what is now North America.
Bearing a large bony frill and three horns on its large four-legged body, and possessing similarities with the modern rhinoceros, Triceratops is one of the most recognizable of all dinosaurs and the best known ceratopsid.
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- Pronounced: tri-SERRA-tops
- Meaning of name: three-horned face
- Length: 9m
- Weight: 5500kg
- Teeth: horny beak and shearing teeth
- Diet: herbivorous
- Food: tough palm fronds
- How it moved: on 4 legs
- When it lived: Late Cretaceous (67 – 65 million years ago)
- Found in: USA
- Taxonomy: Dinosauria, Ornithischia, Genasauria, Cerapoda, Marginocephalia, Ceratopsia, Neoceratopsia, Coronosauria, Ceratopsomorpha, Ceratopsidae, Chasmosaurinae, Triceratops
- Named by: Marsh (1889)
- Type species: horridus