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Three horns, large frill
Large horned dinosaur
Skull Island
First Appearance
King Kong (1933 film(deleted scene))

Triceratops is a genus of ceratopsid dinosaur which lived during the Late Cretaceous Period, around 68 to 65 million years ago (mya) in what is now North America. Bearing a large bony frill and three horns on its large four-legged body and conjuring similarities with the modern rhinoceros, Triceratops is one of the most recognizable of all dinosaurs. Triceratops was the largest horned dinosaur ever, weighing up to 13 tons and reaching 30 feet long.

In the original script only, a herdof them is encountered by Kong on volcanic flats; he hurls boulders at them and drives them into a stampede. One of the SS Venture's crewmen is impaled in the resulting chaos.


The horns could have been used to fend off attacks from Tyrannosaurus. A partial Triceratops fossil collected in 1997 has a horn that was bitten off, with bite marks that match Tyrannosaurus. The fossil shows that the horn healed after being bitten, so at least some Triceratops survived these encounters.

Puncture marks on fossil frills show that male Triceratops also used their horns to fight each other, probably to impress females.

Herd instinctEdit

Many other horned dinosaurs are known to have lived in herds due to a fossil find of many different individuals at the same location. By moving in herds, the animals could warn each other of danger and lessen their chances of being singled out by a predator. However, Triceratops was unusual in this respect, as their remains are usually found individually, suggesting they may have spent much of their lives alone.

Why the frill?Edit

The Triceratops frill was a mating display


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