Triceratops ("Three-Horned Face") is a genus of well-armored herbivorous ceratopsian dinosaur, in fact the largest member of the Ceratopsian family, and was one of the last dinosaurs to have ever existed which they lived during the Late Cretaceous Period, around 70 to 65 million years ago (MYA) in what is now North America. It was also one of the last dinosaurs to live before the great extinction event at the end of the period.
Triceratops is one of the most recognized dinosaurs. Due to its impressive set of three horns and large frill, it has become one of the most famous dinosaurs. It was also one of the last known to have evolved, and represents, along with the other freshly evolved species, a new faunal phase of the Dinosauria, that was killed in its tracks prematurely 65 Million Years Ago.
Triceratops lived in the Late Cretaceous period 70-65 million years ago and it died out with all the other dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous. When the fossils of Triceratops were first discovered, scientist named them "Triceratops horridus", which, as it turns out, means "Horrid Three-Horned Face."
Triceratops was the largest member of the ceratopcian family. Being that, these were large dinosaurs, with a fully grown adult Triceratops measuring at least 30 feet long, standing 9.5 feet tall, and weighing as much as 8 tons. They were prey animals for T-Rex, being one of T-Rex's favorite food.
If a human was unfortunate enough to stand in the way of a charging Triceratops, it would be in comparison to being hit by a train, but a train moving at only 10-15 miles per hour. Whenever Triceratops fed, these weren't grazing animals like cows. Instead, they were browsers like black rhinos. Triceratops feed on low shrubs and low trees. And much like but larger than their Asian cousins Protoceratops, Triceratops possessed a beak that could snap of branches as thick as a mans arm.
Like many herbivores and other members of the ceratopcian family, Triceratops lived and traveled in large herds. Seeing a herd of them would be a glorious site to wake up too. A fully grown Triceratops was far from defenseless, as their frill was made of solid bone. But younger Triceratops knew better than to stand their ground. For youngsters to grow to eight tons, they spent most of their life feeding.
Another part of their lives was jousting with one another, which is what Triceratops did in the wild. Like most, if not, all other members of the ceratopcian family, Triceratops obviously had jousting tournaments in nature, injuring their frill and neck. But regardless of how they lived, fought, and protected themselves, Triceratops was a magnificent dinosaur.
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Triceratops is the most magnificent horned and frilled dinosaurs that ever lived. These big creatures, weighing 8 tons and measuring roughly 30 feet long, lived in big herds. With their frills made of solid bone and horns large enough to injure even a Tyrannosaurus, these dinosaurs were far from defenseless. When the fossils were discovered, the paleontologists named them 'Triceratops Horridos', which means 'Horrid Three-Horned-Face'. But as is turns out, they are not only magnificent, but glorious and gorgeous.
The horns of their head were perfect weapons against any predator, even ones as mighty as they terrifying Tyrannosaurus. Additionally, they used them in jousting tournaments with each other during mating season. However, younger Triceratops knew better than to stand their ground.