Dinosaur Compendium Maximus
|Binomial name(s):||Torosaurus latus|
|Maximum known size:||32 feet, six inches|
|Lived when:||Late Cretaceous Period, 68–65 Ma, 6 tons|
|Classification:||Clade: Dinosauria Order: †Ornithischia Family: †Ceratopsidae Subfamily: †Chasmosaurinae Tribe: †Triceratopsini Genus: †Torosaurus Marsh, 1891|
|found by:||O.C.Marsh 1891|
The adult form of a Triceretops.
The cows of the Cretaceos
Meaning perforated lizard, because of its frill. A herbivorous ceratopsid dinosaur that lived during the late Maastrichtian stage of the Cretaceous period, between 68 and 66 million years ago in North America. Torosaurus possessed one of the largest skulls of any known land animal. The frilled skull reached up to 2.77 metres 9.1 ft in length. From head to tail, Torosaurus is thought to have measured about 7.6 to 9 m 25 to 30 ft long and weighed four to six tonnes. Torosaurus is distinguished from the contemporary Triceratops by an elongate frill with large openings fenestrae, long squamosal bones of the frill with a trough on their upper surface, and the presence of five or more pairs of hornlets on the back of the frill. it had a short nose horn.