8 to 9 meters
6 to 12 tons
Late Cretaceous period, about 68 million years ago.
Triceratops was an herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period, about 68 million years ago. Its fossils are found in what is now North America. Triceratops’s name means “three horned face”.
Triceratops shared its habitat with, and was probably preyed upon, by Tyrannosaurus. Triceratops’s frill and facial horns were once considered to be used for defense against such predators. They are now viewed as more likely to have been used for identification and courtship displays, similar to the antlers of modern deer.