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Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Sauropsida
  Superorder Dinosauria
  Order Ornithischia
  Suborder Cerapoda
  (unranked) Marginocephalia
  Infraorder Ceratopsia
  Family Ceratopsidae
  Subfamily Ceratopsinae
  Genus Pentaceratops
Pentaceratops was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived in North America during the late Cretaceous period, between about 75 and 73 million years ago.

Pentaceratops was about 27 feet (8 meters) long, and weighed up to 5.5 tons. Although somewhat smaller in over all size as compared to its better-known relative Triceratops, Pentaceratops had a larger neck frill, and as a result has the largest known skull of any land vertebrate.

The first fossils of Pentaceratops were found by C. H. Sternberg in New Mexico. The animal was named by Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1923 - its name means "five horned face" - this refers to the three large horns on its face together with the two spikes by its eyes (one under each eye).


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Pentaceratops was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 75 to 73 million years ago

Pentaceratops was a herbivore (plant-eater) that lived from 75 to 73 million years ago

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Pentaceratops Facts

Here is a summary of some of the key facts about Pentaceratops:
  1. Pentaceratops was a genus of dinosaur.

  2. "Pentaceratops" means "five horned face". This name was chosen by Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1923.

  3. Pentaceratops was a member of the Ornithischia ("bird-hipped") order of dinosaurs. What this means, is that although Pentaceratops was not closely related to birds, it did have similarly shaped pelvic bones.

  4. Pentaceratops was a Ceratopsian - a member of a group of related herbivorous (plant-eating) dinosaurs with beaks, many of which had neck frills and horns as well.

  5. Pentaceratops lived between about 75 million years ago and 73 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous period.

  6. Pentaceratops lived in North America.

  7. Pentaceratops was a herbivore (plant-eater).

  8. Pentaceratops was about 27 feet (8 meters) long.

  9. Pentaceratops weighed about 5.5 tons.

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