Triceratops prosus


Basic Info
Type Aggressive Herbivore

(Ornithoschian: Marginocephalian: Ceratopsid: Chasmosaurine)

Time Period Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian)
Diet Low browser
Triceratops was one the most abundant dinosaur in the Hell Creek formation, although it was more common in areas away from rivers. Triceratops was a browser that fed on shrubs, forbes, fruit and nuts.

The genus contained two species separated by time, T. horridus and T. prosus. T.prosus existed at the end of the Mesozoic while T.horridus was it's ancestor.

Ecology in DinoSystem Edit

Triceratops are sociable herbivores that are often found in small groups. They feeds on ferns, fruit and tree saplings. Because they need to drink fairly often, they can usually be found near water.

The males are very protective of other Triceratops, especially eggs and youngsters, and will readily attack predators and egg thieves. But it's during the breeding season that males become most aggressive. Their frills develop intimidating patters and they fight each other for breeding rights. Sometimes they may even take out their aggression out on smaller animals. Adult male triceratops will also actively chase away young tyrannosaurus.

Females have less pronounced horns than males.

Strategy in Dinosystem Survival Edit

Triceratops are a common source of meat but the adults, especially the males, have lots of health and can violently defend themselves. Youngsters though are weaker and more likely to flee, however males will readily come to their aid.

While Triceratops do not actively guard eggs like T.rex, Triceratops will still protect their nests from the player. However if the player comes across a nest that doesn't have a Triceratops near it, the eggs are a great source of nutrients that should be quickly taken advantage of.

Resources Edit

  • T. Lyson & N. Longrich. 2011. Spatial niche partitioning in dinosaurs from the latest cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of North America
  • J.Mallon & J. Anderson. 2013. Implications of beak morphology for the evolutionary palaeoecology of the megaherbivorous dinosaurs from the Dinosaur Park Formation (upper Campanian) of Alberta, Canada.
  • J. Scannella & et. al. 2014 Evolutionary trends in Triceratops from the Hell Creek Formation, Montana