Triceratops Coloring Page – Despite its dashing appearance, it turned out to be a plant-eating Triceratops.
Triceratops lived at the end of the Cretaceous, which is about 67-65 million years ago. Its fossils were found in North America. When found, the fossils were mostly solitary. So, the researchers estimate, Triceratops lived alone, not in groups.
The first Triceratops fossil was discovered in 1887 in Denver, United States. The fossil was studied by Mr. Othniel Charles Marsh, an American paleontologist. Mr. Othniel initially thought the fossil was an extinct species of bison.
The Horned Face
The name Triceratops is of Greek origin. The word “tri” means “three”. The word “hard” means “horn”, and the word “ops” means “face”. So, Triceratops means face with three horns.
Weighs 6 Tons
Triceratops height is about 3 meters. Its body length is about 9 meters. Its weight is between 4-6 tons.
His head is very strong. Head circumference between 1.2 – 1.5 meters. Triceratops has 3 horns. A short horn above his nose and a pair of longhorns above his eyes. The horns serve to fight, communicate, and attract the attention of the female.
As a child, the pair of horns above his eyes grew curved backward. However, as adults, the pair of horns grow curved forward and is about 1 meter long.
Have a Crown of Bones
On top of its head, Triceratops has a unique crown of bones. Experts do not know for sure its function. However, they expect the crown to protect the neck from predators, attract the attention of the female, and regulate body temperature.
Triceratops was a herbivorous dinosaur, meaning it was a plant-eater. Its beak-like mouth is perfect for picking at the leaves of plants. For example, palms, ferns, cycads, and others.
Yep, Triceratops has about 800 teeth! His teeth grow in groups. Each tooth group consists of 36-40 tooth columns, which are located on each side of the jaw. Each tooth column contains 3-5 teeth.