1.7" Ankylosaur Vertebra Centrum - Alberta (Disposition #000024-25)

 
 
First a note on the legality of this fossil. Alberta has very strict laws pertaining to fossil collection. Fossils may not be removed from the province of Alberta without permission from the government. To gain ownership of a fossil, you must be issued a Disposition Certificate. Currently only a few fossil types are eligible for disposition. These include ammonites, petrified wood, leaves and fossil oysters.

This specimen is part of a collection of dinosaur material that was collected by a single individual (Steve Walchina) decades ago prior to the current law. Because it was collected before the law went into effect, the collection was "grandfathered" in. The collection was reviewed by the Royal Tyrrell Museum and a disposition certificate issued for portions of it that were not considered scientifically significant. This moved the fossils into private ownership and allowed them to be removed from the province. The disposition certificate (#000028-29) is on file with the Royal Tyrrell Museum. This makes the small amount of Alberta dinosaur fossils we recently acquired from this collection some of the only legal Alberta dinosaur material on the market.



This is a 1.7" Ankylosaur, cervical vertebra, centrum from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation, Alberta Canada. This specimen is in good condition. The processes are missing but other anatomical features are easily seen. This is a cervical vertebra from a sub adult, as can be seen in the suture line between the bone body and the condyle.

There are three Ankylosaurs described from the formation including Anodontosaurus, Edmontonia and Euoplocephalus but It is impossible to differentiate species from single vertebrae.


Ankylosaurs are a group of mainly herbivorous dinosaurs of the order Ornithischia. They include the great majority of dinosaurs with armor in the form of bony osteoderms. Ankylosaurs were bulky quadrupeds, with short, powerful limbs. They are known to have first appeared in the early Jurassic Period, and persisted until the end of the Cretaceous Period.
FOR SALE
$125
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified Ankylosaur
LOCATION
Alberta, Canada
FORMATION
Horseshoe Canyon Formation
SIZE
1.7" wide, 1.3" long
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#111088
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