Styracosaurus - spiked lizard

Styracosaurus, whose name translates from Ancient Greek as "spiked lizard", was a genus of herbivorous dinosaurs that lived in the Cretaceous Period, about 75 million years ago. It had four to six long horns extending from its neck frill, a smaller horn on each of its cheeks, and a single horn, 60 cm long and 15 cm wide, protruding from its nose. The functions of the horns and frills have been debated among scientists for many years, but nobody seems to be sure, - they most probably provided protection from predators, but were also possibly used in mating rituals and rivalry with other representatives of its own species.

Styracosaurus was a relatively large dinosaur, reaching lengths of 5.5 m. It stood about 1.8 m tall, and weighed  nearly 3 tons. It possessed four short legs and a bulky body, and its tail was rather short. Its skull had a beak with shearing cheek teeth, suggesting that the animal sliced up plants. It was a herd animal, traveling in large group. Its overall appearance reminds us of today's rhinos and elephants, whose distant ancestor it must have been.

Fossil remains of this prehistoric animal have been found in the US and Canada.

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