The Mesozoic Era, the Age of Reptiles, is divided into three periods: 1) The Triassic Period (248 to 208 million years ago); 2) The Jurassic Period (208 to 146 million years ago); and 3) The Cretaceous Period (146 to 65 million years ago).
Here in the late Cretaceous Period is when the Triceratopss was among the last species of dinosaurs to evolve before a very large part of animal and plant forms were suddenly wiped out. This event is known as the Cretaceous-Tertiary or K-T mass extinction.
In the Cretaceous Period, dinosaurs ruled. These huge carnivores roamed the Earth amongst the small mammals. In this period, mighty and huge dinosaurs appeared. The carnivores included the mighty T-Rex and another dinosaur, probably bigger than the mighty T-Rex, the Giganotosaurus. While those who are plant consumers, included the Ankylosaurus and the Triceratopss.
Triceratopss and the Rhinoceros of the present day may have been relatives because of some of their features. The Triceratopss may have been herbivores or plant consumers but in terms of protecting themselves from predators, they were prepared. They have three horns on their face that served as a weapon to defend themselves from predators.
Unfortunately, a Coprolite (fossilized feces) from a T-Rex was discovered in Saskatchewa, Canada. There, they found chunks of bones from an herbivore dinosaur. They theorized that those bones probably belonged to a Triceratops. It just shows that Triceratopss were included in the menu of a T-Rex.
Back in those times, huge Triceratopss might have been scary even if they preferred to eat plants. But today, Triceratopss need not be feared anymore.
Playskool, an American company that makes educational toys and games for small kids, introduced their latest production in the Toy Fair in New York last February 2008.
Kota, an animatronic Triceratopss, was designed for children 3-6 years old. This Triceratops toy needs six D batteries to operate and has 11 sensors to interact with a child. Kota the Triceratops can be ridden and has a handle hidden behind the dinosaur's head for safety measures. Aside from the riding experience, the Triceratops toy reacts to touch and sound. It also makes real dinosaur sounds and movements. Kota the Triceratops had a price tag of $300 when it first came out in the market.
Another Triceratopss toy is the Triceratops Webkinz. Webkinz are not the ordinary type stuffed toy animals that were released by the Canadian Ganz Company in 2005. These webkinz toys have an attached tag with a secret code printed on it. And this secret code is used as the key to enter the Webkinz World website. The site is very strict on cheat codes and is ready to take immediate actions on anyone who takes risks on using those cheat codes. A new addition to the Webkinz World is the Triceratops webkinz which made its debut on January 2010. Unfortunately, this Triceratops webkinz was officially announced retired by Ganz in the same month. It is said that there comes a time in every webkinz life that they cannot be produced anymore, thus the retirement. The price of a Triceratops webkinz ranges from $15 to as low as $12.
There are also the remote control Triceratops Dinosaur comes back to life and it is already pre-assembled. This toy dinosaur is wireless and remotely controlled and making it easy to use. When it walks it also makes sounds and moves its horned head. It comes with a 3-functional radio controller.
Specific Features: Real Dinosaur sound when dinosaur is moving. Head moves side to side and up and down. Walking Dinosaur legs. 3 function Transmitter included. Dimension: 14.5"(L) x3.5 "(W) x 5"(H) Recommended Age: Age 3 And Up.