3-D Triceratops Puzzle

Triceratops Puzzle Number of pieces:   13

Actual dimensions:   5" long (approx.)

Material:   Precision laser-cut wood

Price:  $12.00 U.S.

Objective:   To assemble the 13 pieces to form a Dinosaur.

Description:   Etymology: New Latin, from tri- + Greek kerat-, keras horn + ops face. : any of a genus (Triceratops) of large herbivorous quadrupedal ceratopsian dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous with three horns, a bony hood or crest on the neck, and hoofed toes

NAME: Meaning - Triceratops means "three-horned face"
Pronounced try-SER-a-tops
Named By - Othniel Marsh
When Named - 1889
DIET: Herbivore (plant-eater)
SIZE: Length - 30 feet (9 m) long
Height - 7 ft (2 m) tall at the hips
Weight - up to 6-12 tons
WHEN IT LIVED: Late Cretaceous period, about 72-65 million years ago
WHERE IT LIVED: Fossils have been found in western Canada and the western United States, North America.
FOSSILS: What has been Found - About 50 Triceratops skulls and some partial skeletons have been found.
Who Found the First Fossil and When - The first Triceratops skull was found in 1888 by 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 dinosaurs (plant-eaters)
  • Suborder Marginocephalia - (meaning "fringed heads")
  • Infraorder Ceratopsia (also called Ceratopia)
  • Family Ceratopsidae
  • Genus Triceratops
  • Species T. horridus (type species named by Marsh, 1889)
When threatened by predators, Triceratops probably charged into its enemy like the modern-day rhinoceros does. Triceratops was probably a herding animal, like the other ceratopsians. T. rex probably ate dinosaurs like Triceratops.

Each puzzle is supplied with an "Objective Sheet" that explains what it is that you are supposed to do.   This sheet also includes a picture/drawing of the puzzle in the unsolved condition, (similar to the one at the top of this page), so there is a reference to look at when putting it back together.

Puzzle solutions are also included with the shipment but are not sealed in the puzzle wrapper.   This is done so that the purchaser can make the decision as to when to give the solution to the person that is receiving the puzzle, (as a gift, for example).

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