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Triceratops Questions and Answers

Q: where did triceratops live?
from maddie, morwell, victoria, australia; June 24, 2001

A: Triceratops fossils have been found in western North America.



Q: What did the T.rex like to eat the most out of the plant eaters
from Katie Smith, Ohio, ?, ?; May 29, 2001

A: T. rex's favorite meal isn't known, but it is known that it did eat Triceratops (some ground-up frill bone was found in T. rex dung).



Q: what did trioeratops eat
from ?, ?, ?, ?; May 15, 2001

A: Triceratops was a plant-eater - it probably ate relatively low-lying plants like ferns and cycads.



Q: "Jurassic Park" the famous movie by Steven Spielberg contained many kinds of dinosaurs,including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Giganotosaurus and Triceratops. Why is the inclusion of these dinosaurs inaccurate or misleading?
from Kulthum.R., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; May 14, 2001

A: I didn't see Giganotosaurus in Jurassic Park, but the problem you're alluding to is the fact that many of the dinosaurs in the movie were not from the Jurassic period, but from the Cretaceous period (Triceratops and T. rex were from the very late Cretaceous period).



Q: Which paleontologists found triceratops?
from TC, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; May 8, 2001

A: The first Triceratops skull was found in 1888 by John Bell Hatcher.



Q: Where did triceratops have been found?
from TC, Edmonton, Alberta, Cananda; May 7, 2001

A: Triceratops fosisls have been found in western North America (in both Canada and the USA).



Q: What is the scientific name for Triceratops?
from Amy R., Garland, Texas, United States; May 2, 2001

A: Dinosaurs are commonly known by their scientific name (generally their genus). Triceratops' genus is Triceratops; there are many species, including T. horridus.



Q: is it true that T. rex almost always predated on triceratops? and why?
from Julio A., La Serena, IV region, Chile; April 29, 2001

A: Thanks to some fossilized T. rex feces, it is known that T. rex probably included Triceratops in its diet, but whether or not it was T. rex's mainstay is unknown.



Q: Did trisarotops ever fight T-rex.
from Sean L., St. Bony, MN, USA; April 24, 2001

A: T. rex preyed upon Triceratops, and Triceratops probably fought back energetically (to put it mildly).



Q: Has any DNA of Dinosaurs been found
from Logan G, ?, ?, ?; April 17, 2001

A: Not enough to clone a dinosaur, but some Triceratops gene fragments may have been extracted.



Q: what is the state dinosaur of south dakota?
from sarah w, sprata, il, us; March 22, 2001

A: Triceratops is the state dinosaur of South Dakota. For other state dinosaurs, click here.



Q: which scientist named the triceratops
from jessica, kent, ohio, usa; March 13, 2001

A: Triceratops was named by Othniel Marsh in 1889. For more information on Triceratops, click here.



Q: Are Triceratops bird hip?
from Nicholas H, Pinedale, WY, USA; February 22, 2001

A: Triceratops was a bird-hipped (ornithischian) dinosaur.



Q: Could T.Rex kill a Triceratops? What were the animals in his time that he could not kill?
from Munesh, Johor Baru, Johor, Malaysia; February 5, 2001

A: Yes, Triceratops bone fragments have been found in fossilized T. rex dung. It probably could not kill the larger sauropods, like Alamosaurus.



Q: what types of dinosaurs lived in South Dakota
from Lindz W, Sioux Falls, south Dakota, North America; February 4, 2001

A: Anatotitan, Camptosaurus, Denversaurus, Edmontosaurus, Hoplitosaurus, Iguanodon, Nanotyrannus, Pachycephalosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Thespesius, Torosaurus, Triceratops prorsus, and Tyrannosaurus have been found in South Dakota.

For a list of dinosaurs found state by state in the USA, click here.




Q: Who was smarter, a triceratops or a tyrannosaurus? i found two different answers in two different books!
from Matt, ?, ?, ?; February 4, 2001

A: T. rex had a bigger brain than Triceratops relative to its body weight.



Q: WHAT ARE DINOSAUR'S HORNS MADE OF?
from jaden g, boynton, fla, usa; January 23, 2001

A: Many dinosaurs (like Triceratops and Ceratosaurus) had horns made of bone. They may have also had layers of horn on top of the bone, but horn (made from a protein called keratin) does not fossilize well.



Q: WHO ARE THE ANCESTRORS THAT THE TRICERATOPS HAVE EVOLVED FROM?
from min p., new york, new york, usa; January 14, 2001

A: Triceratops evolved from earlier ceratopsians. Some of the earlier known ceratopsians include Psittacosaurus and Ceratops.



Q: how many bones does a triceratops have.
from Rosemarie O, SF, CA, usa; January 4, 2001

A: Roughly 200. For information on Triceratops, click here.





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