Late Cretaceous Dinosaurs

A period of great transformation, the Late Cretaceous Period is when the dinosaurs disappeared from the earth. Learn more about the Late Cretaceous dinosaurs that existed during this era, such as the Tyrannosaurus, Gallimimus, and Brachylophosaurus.

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Styracosaurus was discovered in 1913 in the Belly River Formation of Alberta by Charles Sternberg. Lawrence Lambe named this animal Styracosaurus albertensis, which means "spiked reptile of Alberta," for its unusual neck frill.

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This ankylosaur is known from two species. Tarchia giganteus is known from a complete skull and a partial skeleton. But, except for the skull, little of the material has been described. Learn more about the Tarchia and other Late Cretaceous dinosaurs.

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In 1948, several giant claw bones were found by a Soviet-Mongolian scientific team and because the shape of the claws is similar to the claws of some turtles, workers first thought they belonged to a giant turtle, so the specimen was named Therizinosaurus cheloniformis ("turtlelike scythe reptile").

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The first two Torosaurus specimens were a pair of skulls found in Wyoming in 1891 by John Bell Hatcher. They were described by Othniel Marsh later that same year. These two skulls were named Torosaurus latus and Torosaurus gladius.

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Troodon was described in 1856 by Joseph Leidy on the basis of a single small tooth. It was one of the first North American dinosaurs described. Learn more about the Troodon and other Late Cretaceous dinosaurs.

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The Velociraptors in "Jurassic Park" were roughly the size of humans. In reality, they were about the size of an average turkey.

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Stegoceras has been one of the more interesting dinosaurs, partly because of the tangle of names that have been attached to it and also because of explanations that have been attached to its domed skull.

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