Terry The Triceratops
Forever In Our Hearts
About Terry and His Species
Terry the Triceratops was one popular fellow. His species was, and will continue to be known as one of the most commonly familiar dinosaurs of all time. From the large spiked frill around his head, and three strong horns on his face, Terry the Triceratops’ species was a very distinguishable type of dinosaur. In fact, the name Triceratops came from the Greek language, with ‘tri’ meaning “three” and ‘keratops’ meaning “horned face”. The rhinoceros-like dinos were very unique creatures. They had massive skulls that measured to about 10 feet long, they stood and walked on all four limbs, and the front of their mouth formed a beak, used for crop vegetation. In addition, Triceratops were dedicated herbivores, as Terry’s friends and family remembered him spending much of his time grazing on plant matter. “All of us Triceratops loved to eat,” spoke Terry’s younger sister Tricia, “but Terry on the other hand, ate larger amounts of tough fibrous material everyday than anyone I knew”. “He had the most closely packed grinding teeth, and strongest body of a dino that I have ever seen” his former girlfriend Tina the Triceratops gushed through tears." "He was carefree, loving, and the best dino in the world." She continued, “Terry was most definitely the most attractive Triceratops in the Mesozoic Era, I am very thankful for him.”
Unfortunately, 65 million years ago, a tragic meteorite impact at Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula struck. This became a mass extinction event, wiping out all non-avian dinos as well as other plants and animals. The Triceratops species lived around 68-65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period. They lived very near the collision but not close enough for the impact to defeat the breed completely. The species may have been the world's last known surviving non-avian dinosaur type. Sadly, 65 million years ago, after the impact, Terry the Triceratops eventually passed away due to the changes after the mass extinction, as did many other Triceratops as well.
Terry was found including his over 1.5-foot-long horn, just 5 inches below the K-T boundary at Camel Butte, a hill at the Hell Creek Formation in southeastern Montana in 1887. Other Triceratops fossils were found usually as individuals in Western North America, like how Terry was recovered. He belonged to a group called the Ceratopsidae, and had many relatives of other species called the Torosaurus, Pentaceratops, and Chasmosaurus just to name a few, but they also perished due to similar causes. Terry was found near his homeland where he enjoyed the blazing temperature of the Triceratops environment.The land around him was bumpy with rock, and the the trees around the ground were very tall, perfect for Terry to play with his younger siblings, being quite the gentleman to everyone around him. Terry’s handsome looks, and fierce personality made him instantly the most popular dino in the field. Everyone loved, and will continue to remember Terry the Triceratops.
Terry's family and friends request donations to St. Dino's Hatchling Research Hospital rather than ferns.
Thank you so much Terry for being there for me whenever I needed support . You always helped me get through rough times and I love and miss you so much. -Big sis Tracy
Dear Terry, you are the sweetest, most caring son in the world. I am so proud of you, and our family thinks about you everyday, we love you endlessly. I hope you are up there in Heaven chewing yummy greens like usual!- Mama and Papa
I mis yoo, and wuv you to peses. Thak yoo. -Little Brother Tony
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