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Triceratops Hottidus Horrible Three-horned Face ANATOMY Triceratops was a rhinoceros-like dinosaur It walked on all four sturdy legsand had three horns on its face long with a large bony plate projecting from the back of its skulla frill One short horn above its parrot-like beak and two longer horns over 3 feet or 1 meter long above its eyes probably provide protection from predators The horns were possibly used in mating rivalry and rituals It had a large skull up to 10 feet long one of the largest skulls of any land animal ever discovered Its head was nearly one -third as long as its body Triceratops hatched eggs Triceratops was about 30 feet long 10 feet tall and weed about 6-12 tons It had a short pointed tail a bulky body column-like legs with hoof-like claws and a bony neck frill rimmed with bony bumps It had a parrot-like beak many cheek teeth and powerful jaws WHEN TRICERATOPS LIVED Triceratops lived in the late Cretaceous period about 72 to 65 million years ago toward the end of the Mesozoic The Age of Reptiles It was among the last of the dinosaur species evolve before the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction 65 million years ago BEHAVIOR Triceratops was probably a herding animal like the other Cartesians This hypothesis is supported by the fining of bone beds large deposits of bones of the same species in am area Triceratops hatched from eggs which may have been cared for by adults Which threatened by predators Triceratops probably changed into its enemy like the modern-day rhinoceros does This was probably a very effective defense DIET TEETH ADN TRICERATOPS POSITION IN THE FOOD CHAIN Triceratops was as herbivore a plant eatera primary consumer It probably ate cycads palms and other low-lying plants with its tough beak Triceratops could chew well with its cheek teethlike
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