Second perhaps only to Triceratops as the most well-known Ceratopsian, Styracosaurus lacked the eyebrow horns of its cousin, but more than made up for it with 4-6 long spikes on its neck frill, and a nose horn that could measure up to two feet long!
History: Styracosaurus was discovered in Alberta Canada in 1913 by C. M. Sternberg, and named by Lawrence Lambe. The purpose of Styracosaurus’s large spikes and frill remain the subject of much debate among scientists. Many theories have been proposed, such as that the frill and horns were used in defense against predators (including the Tyrannosaurus relatives Gorgosaurus and Daspletosaurus), or that they served to impress potential mates (and thus may have been brightly colored), and that they helped regulate the dinosaur’s body temperature.
Scientific Name: Styracosaurus (Spiked Lizard)
Characteristics: This Styracosaurus toy figure features the typical Ceratopsian body, with four legs, a short tail, and a scaly hide with smaller scales intermittently broken up by larger ones, based on fossilized Ceratopsian skin impressions. Its neck frill features six long spikes, along with several shorter protrusions, and its distinctive nose horn projects from its beaked face.
Size: Our Styracosaurus toy measures 8 inches long from its nose horn to the tip of its tail, and just over 3 ½ inches tall to the tip of its tallest frill spine. It’s about the size of a large index card.
- The Styracosaurus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
- Non-toxic and BPA free