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Torosaurus Fact Sheet
Dinosaur/Paleontology Dictionary
NAME: Meaning - Torosaurus means "pierced lizard"
Pronounced - TOR-o-SAWR-us
Named By - Othniel Marsh
When Named - 1891
DIET: Herbivore (plant-eater) - it may have eaten conifers, cycads, ginkgos, and flowering plants. Torosaurus could chew well with its cheek teeth (like other ceratopsians, but unlike most other dinosaurs).
SIZE: Length - 21-25 ft (6.2-7.6 m) long
Height - 7 ft (2 m) tall at the hips
Weight - roughly 4 tons
WHEN IT LIVED: Late Cretaceous period, about 70-65 million years ago
WHERE IT LIVED: Fossils have been found in the USA (Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Utah), and Canada (Saskatchewan), North America.
FOSSILS: The first Torosaurus skull was found by the fossil hunter John Bell Hatcher.
  • Kingdom Animalia (animals)
  • Phylum Chordata (having a hollow nerve chord ending in a brain)
  • Class Archosauria (diapsids with socket-set teeth, etc.)
  • Order Ornithischia - bird-hipped plant-eating dinosaurs
  • Suborder Ceratopsia - horned, frilled plant-eaters
  • Superfamily Coronosauria
  • Family Ceratopsinae
  • Genus Torosaurus
  • Species T. latus (type species named by Marsh 1891)
Torosaurus' enormous horned skull was 8 feet long. It had a large, bony neck frill, a short horn on the snout, two long eyebrow horns, and a toothless beak.

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