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Centrosaurus - plant-eating dinosaurs

Centrosaurus is a genus of four-legged, plant-eating dinosaurs that existed in the late Cretaceous period, about 75 million years ago. The name means "pointed lizard" (from Greek "kentron" meaning point or prickle, and "sauros" meaning lizard) and refers to the series of bony projections that run along the edges of their frills.

Centrosaurus were not particularly big dinosaurs: about 6 m long, 1.8 m tall, and weighing up to 3 tons.Their massive bodies were borne by stocky limbs, and, in fact, bearing a single large horn over their noses, they looked a lot like the modern Rhinoceros.Their 'facial' appearance, however, was distinguished by a rich skull ornamentation: a bony frill with many protruding small horns, two additional larger horns hooked forward over the frill, and a pair of medium-sized upwards directed horns over the eyes.

Centrosaurus moved in herds, feeding on low-lying plants. Their numerous fossil remains have been found in Canada.

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