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Styracosaurus is a relative of the Triceratops. It lived about 10 million years before its more famous relative. Though not as large as Triceratops, Styracosaurus had a row of long spikes around its frill. It also had a long horn between its eyes and nose. This plant-eater was designed to chew up the very tough leaves of low-growing plants.[1]

The long spikes and horn would have made it difficult for the predators of that time, such as the early tyrannosaur, Albertosaurus, to take on an adult Styracosaurus. This creature had the typical features of the ceratopsian dinosaurs - a beak that would have been used to cut the leaves from the plants and a row of densely packed teeth to chew them into pulp.[1]

There are several theories as to the use of the spikes on the frill of Styracosaurus. In addition to a defensive weapon, they may have served to make the creature look larger and more formidable or they may have been brightly colored for display during mating rituals.[1]

Styracosaurus traveled in herds and cared for its young after they hatched. Evidence for herding behavior comes from a bone bed in Arizona where fossils from over one hundred Styracosaurus individuals were discovered.[3]


Jurassic World[]

Some time prior to the Jurassic World incident, Styracosaurus was cloned on Isla Nublar. However, the location of their exhibit remains unknown. It is likely that they were on display, as there is a poster on Darius' wall depicting one standing in a vaguely rhinoceros-esque stance.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom[]

According to the Dinosaur Protection Group, Styracosaurus was subjected to cruelty sometime before 2018, although it was unknown if there are any surviving populations remaining. Not on the known Arcadias list, or seen since DPG reports, it can be presumed that Styracosaurus was fallen back into extinction due to Mount Sibo’s eruption.[4]

Behind the scenes[]


Styracosaurus as seen on of the Innovation Center's bannars in Jim Martain's Jurassic World concept art.

In Jim Martain's concept art of the Jurassic World Innovation Center Styracosaurus was seen on of the banners inside the building. It's noteworthy to mention that it has an hole on the frill, similar to the one seen in Sinoceratops seen in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. [5]

At some point into the production of Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, Styracosaurus, alongside several other species, were candidates for the soon-to-be-called Bumpy. They were also planned to appear after the role was filled in a stampede scene, reminiscent of that in The Cattle Drive. However, it again was dropped, this time likely for Sinoceratops.

The following year, in more scrapped concept art for Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, a hybrid of Diabloceratops, Styracosaurus, Lambeosaurus, Sauropelta, and Psittacosaurus appeared. Once more, the creature was left to bite the dust of the Scorpios rex. However, as a canon species, novel dinosaur and one featured widely within dinosaur media, it is possible that this species could appear sometime in the future.

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Jurassic Park Institute, Dinopedia, Styracosaurus
  2. Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, Exercises, The Lost World
  3. Jurassic Park: Explorer, Styracosaurus
  4. 329F9EC3-8927-401F-AB2A-1CC8A9F698B4
  5. Jim Martin Design - Jurassic World
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