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Here are some facts about Styracosaurus:
  1. Styracosaurus was a genus of dinosaur (for more information see Styracosaurus Classification).

  2. Currently only two species of Styracosaurus are known: Styracosaurus albertensis and Styracosaurus ovatus (for more information see Styracosaurus Classification). In the past, a number of other species were also assigned to the Styracosaurus genus, but further research has resulted in their assignment to other genera.

  3. Styracosaurus was a herbivore (ate plants).

  4. Styracosaurus lived in the late Cretaceous period, between approximately 76 million and 70 million years ago.

  5. Styracosaurus lived in what is today North America.

  6. Styracosaurus was probably about 18 feet (5.5 meters) long, and perhaps weighed as much as 2.7 tons.

  7. The most noteable feature of Styracosaurus is the bony frill around its neck which has a number of spikes (at least four around it). There is also a nose horn, and perhaps other bones and spikes around the head (depending on the individual and species).

  8. Styracosaurus also a beaked mouth without teeth, and a powerful body.

  9. The first fossils of Styracosaurus were discovered in Canada by C. M. Sternberg. The genus was named by Lawrence Lambe in 1913.

  10. The name "Styracosaurus" means "spiked lizard".
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