Torosaurus

Torosaurus latus

  • Pronounced:  Tore - o - Sore - us

  • Diet:  Herbivore (Plant-Eater)

  • Name Means:  "Piercing Lizard"

  • Length:  25 feet (8 m)

  • Height:  8 feet (2.7 m)

  • Weight:  7 tons (12,000 kilos)

  • Time:  Late Cretaceous - 68 MYA

Fossil remains for this Dinosaur have been found in Western North America

Torosaurus had the largest skull of any animal that ever walked the Earth! With its large frill and pointed beak, it was more than 8 feet (2.5 m) long. It had a huge frill and long horns over its eyes. It was about the same size as the most famous member of its family, Triceratops  In fact, these dinosaurs were very closely related and one of the few differences was that Torosaurus had large openings in its frill. This could have been to make it lighter since it was so big.

As a member of one of the most successful dinosaur families, Torosaurus shared many characteristics with the ceratopsians . It was a large, stocky herbivore that fed on plants growing low to the ground. It used its sharp beak to strip the plants and its banks of cheek teeth to pulverize them. Torosaurus was likely a herd-dwelling animal.

Torosaurus's frill was huge. It would have made an impressive display when tilted up, perpendicular to the ground. It is possible that it was used as a method of intimidation or for attracting mates, or both. It would also have provided protection to the neck and upper back when attacked from above.



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