This Triceratops baby, offspring of the large herbivorous horned dinosaur, lived during the very end of the Cretaceous Period in what is now western North America.
- Scientific Name: Triceratops (literally three horned face, referring to the three horns on its head).
- Characteristics: A baby Triceratops carried the signature horns and frill of their adult counterparts but on a smaller scale. Their horns were only little bumps, and the frill was very short compared to a fully-grown Triceratops. Because they spent almost no energy growing these structures when they were young, they could place all of their energy growing their bodies. Once they were big enough to start advertising for a mate and began to take on the job of defending the herd from attack, they quickly grew larger horns and frill.
- Size and Color: This model is 3 inches long and 1.5 inches high. It is a medium brown color with a slightly darker back. This color combination would have made it very difficult for a predator to distinguish it from its background.
- The Triceratops Baby is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
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Triceratops is one of the very first dinosaurs to be discovered. A famous paleontologist, Othniel Marsh, working at Yale University, first described and named Triceratops in 1889. Many skeletons have been collected over the years since, but until very recently, only adults were found. Then, about 15 years ago, a tiny Triceratops skull was collected. It shows clearly the tiny horns and short frill that marks it as a baby.
Did you Know: Triceratops lived in herds, like modern bison. This gives each member of the herd protection from attack by carnivores. This is particularly important for the babies, which are too small to defend themselves and too slow to escape. Because they had the protection of the herd, they did not need large horns.
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- Size: 2.83" L 1.37" H x ( 7.25 cm x 3.5 cm )