One of the most robust herbivores in the game, the Triceratops is the only herbivore that requires a fence security setting higher than low. It is also friends with the Torosaurus, and will fight in death duels with T. rex. Triceratops is the largest Ceratopsian featured in JP:OG.
Rather than grazing on grass, it is believed that Triceratops preferred shrubs and bushes.
Triceratops, with its three horns and bony frill around the back of its head, is one of the more recognizable dinosaurs. Its name is a combination of Greek syllables tri-, meaning "three," kéras, meaning "horn," and ops, meaning "face."
Triceratops roamed North America about 68 million to 65 million years ago, toward the end of the Cretaceous Period. Triceratops was about 26 feet to 29.5 feet (7.9 meters to 9 meters) long; 9.5 feet to 9.8 feet (2.9 meters to 3 meters) high and weighed 13,000 pounds to 26,000 pounds (5,909 kilograms to 11,818 kilograms).
Triceratops is a notoriously aggressive dinosaur and will attack any carnivores in close vicinity. Consequently it should only be kept with other herbivores. Triceratops will also attack Land Cruisers when they are nearby, so it is recommended avoidance beacons are installed to keep them away from the vehicle's path. Triceratops will not harm visitors, however, so even if the Land Cruiser is destroyed the player won't need to worry about them being killed.
It is now widely accepted by paleontologists that Triceratops may have had long quills on its tail, however, given that this is a relatively recent discovery, its absence from the game is understandable. Triceratops was also believed to have carried it's tail horizontally, rather than straight downwards such as in JPOG.
There is some speculation that Triceratops could be, in fact, a juvenile version of Torosaurus. However, this evidence has yet to be fully accepted by the scientific community (and if this were to be true, Torosaurus would technically be an adult Triceratops, as Triceratops was discovered and named before Torosaurus).
|Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis|