Pachycephalosaurus is a bipedal ornithischian, most recognizable for the bowl-like crown that tops its ultra-thick skull. They were around 15 feet long from head to tail, and stood about 4 feet high at the shoulder. They were active in North America during the late Cretaceous Period, in what is now the upper midwest United States.
It was once thought that Pachycephalosaurus would ram each other head on with their skull plates as they competed for mates and territory. Further research showed that this would have been highly destructive and that their physiology didn’t adequately protect them from this kind of behavior. Although it is still thought that they used their thick skulls as a weapon, it is now believed that they most likely attacked to the side, rather than ramming targets head-on.
Quick facts about Pachycephalosaurus:
- Existed from Campanian Age to Maastrichtian Age
- Lived in a terrestrial habitat
- Was a herbivore
- Reproduced by laying eggs
- 30 different specimens have been found by paleontologists
All the Pachycephalosaurus illustrations below were collected from the internet. Enjoy and explore: