Styracosaurus is a centrosaurine ceratopsian from the Campanian age of the Cretaceous period. It contains one species, S.albertensis.

In Real Life

Styracosaurus was a relatively large dinosaur, reaching lengths of 5.5 metres (18 ft) and weighing nearly 3 tonnes. Aside from the large nasal horn and four long frill spikes, the cranial ornamentation was variable.

Some scientists have suggested that ceratopsids like Styracosaurus ate palms and cycads, while others have suggested ferns. Dodson has proposed that Late Cretaceous ceratopsians may have knocked down angiosperm trees and then sheared off leaves and twigs.

Evidence that visual display was important, either in courtship or in other social behavior, can be seen in the fact that horned dinosaurs differ markedly in their adornments, making each species highly distinctive.

In The Isle

Behind the scenes

The Styracosaurus model was created by Fabrizo De Rossi.[1]

Notes and references

  1. The Isle - Styracosaurus. DeviantART.