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Styracosaurus Facts

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

  2. Currently only one valid species of Styracosaurus is known: Styracosaurus albertensis (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, or them being found to be examples of Styracosaurus albertensis.

  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 sized about 18 feet (5.5 meters) long, and perhaps weighed as much as 3 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".
Styracosaurus skeleton:
Styracosaurus skeleton

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