Means: Three Horned Face
Period: Late Cretaceous – 65 million years ago
Where: North America: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Wyoming, Alberta, Saskatchewan
Quick description: Despite appearances, Triceratops was no gentle, plant-eating giant. Many fossil records show damage to Triceratops bones that could have occurred in combat with rivals or predators. Aside from inter-group displays of domination and as weapons, horns could also be used in mating displays. The neck frill would have offered some protection against predatory bites (such as that of the Tyrannosaurus Rex) and may have regulated body temperature.