Tricerasnot… eh, Triceratops – fun Dino Park episode for kids
Triceratops was a dinosaur with horns on its head. But what was the purpose of the different horns? Find out the unbelievable truth in this episode of Dino Park – fun dinosaur facts for kids with Daddy Donut. Tiny T. rex pays a visit too!
The song in this episode is ‘Trixie Triceratops’ and is featured on my debut album ‘DINOSAUR SONGS’, available from CD Baby.
SOME MORE FACTS* ABOUT TRICERATOPS
The name ‘Triceratops’ comes from the Greek language, with ‘tri’ meaning three and ‘keratops’ meaning horned face.
- Triceratops lived in the late Cretaceous Period (around 65 million years ago).
The Triceratops is one of the most easily recognizable dinosaurs due to its large body, unique frill and three horns.
It needed its three horns to try and protect itself from the Tyrannosaurus Rex which lived during the same time period.
It is believed that fully grown Triceratops were about 8m (26ft) in length, 3m (10ft) in height and weighed anywhere between 6 to 12 tons.
The skull of a Triceratops alone could grow over 2m (7ft) in length.
The Triceratops was a plant eating (herbivore) dinosaur.
The first known fossils to be that of a Triceratops were horns attached to a partial skull, found near Denver, Colorado in 1887.
Triceratops had anywhere between 400 and 800 teeth, although only a small percentage of these were in use at any one time as they were constantly replaced throughout its lifetime.
Triceratops was represented in the popular Transformers toy line and animated series as Slag, an Autobot that could transform into a Triceratops form.
The US state of Wyoming lists the Triceratops as its state dinosaur.
Here is a link to the dinosaur exhibiton where I made Dino Park: http://www.aworldofdinosaurs.com
This dinosaur museum is located outside Kalmar, Sweden where I live.
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