Pentaceratops

“So the Pentaceratops here, it has five horns. One on the nose. Two on the brows. And two extending out from its jugular bones. It seems… excessive. But maybe it’s necessary.”
Cabot Finch

Pentaceratops, meaning “five horned face”, was an ornischian (bird-hipped) dinosaur, and was part of the family Ceratopsia. In the brief time that it roamed the earth, Pentaceratops, like the other members of its brood, were highly successful, and for a time, the earth was overrun by millions of these bulky tank-like creatures. Pentaceratops, despite its name, only had three true horns. the other two were no more than elongated cheekbones, a feature which was a common characteristic of many other ceratopsians. Pentaceratops, as with all horned dinosaurs, had a curved, toothless beak which it used to nip leaves of plants. Also one of Pentaceratops, and indeed, all of its relative’s, defining features was its large ornate defensive crest-shield, which was used both to protect from and deter predators, and to use in courtship and mating rituals.

The frill-face of the Pentaceratops was less thick, and much more weaker than the regular frill of the most common ceratopsid, Triceratops. If a tyrannosaur such as Gorgosaurus or Albertosaurus were to attack a Pentaceratops, it would’ve fallen prey, as its frill wouldn’t have stopped its devastating bite. However, the frill was stretched, huge, and probably was a vibrant color or was used in some sort of way to deter the predator, by intimidation. The skull of a Pentaceratops is the largest skull of any land-based animal to have ever lived, almost as large as a 4th grader.

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Pentaceratops

Name Meaning

Diet

Height

Lenght

Weight

Five-horned face

Herbivorous 🌿

3 meters (10 feet)

6 meters (20 feet)

8,800-11,000 lbs