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Triceratops Questions and Answers
A: Triceratops fossils have been found in western North America.
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).
Triceratops was a plant-eater - it probably ate relatively low-lying plants like ferns and cycads.
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).
A: The first Triceratops skull
was found in 1888 by John Bell Hatcher.
A: Triceratops fosisls have been found in western North America (in both Canada and the USA).
A: Dinosaurs are commonly known by their scientific name (generally their genus). Triceratops' genus is Triceratops; there are many species, including T. horridus.
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.
A: T. rex preyed upon Triceratops, and Triceratops probably fought back energetically (to put it mildly).
A: Not enough to clone a dinosaur, but some Triceratops gene fragments may have been extracted.
A: Triceratops is the state dinosaur of South Dakota. For other state dinosaurs, click here.
A: Triceratops was named by Othniel Marsh in 1889. For more information on Triceratops, click here.
A: Triceratops was a bird-hipped (ornithischian) dinosaur.
A: Yes, Triceratops bone fragments have been found in fossilized T. rex dung. It probably could not kill the larger sauropods, like Alamosaurus.
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.
T. rex had a bigger brain than Triceratops relative to its body weight.
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.
A: Triceratops evolved from earlier ceratopsians. Some of the earlier known ceratopsians include Psittacosaurus and Ceratops.
A: Roughly 200. For information on Triceratops, click here.
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