12.6" Fossil Hadrosaur (Edmontosaurus) Mandible Bone - Wyoming

This is a 12.6" wide mandible (lower jaw) section of Edmontosaurus annectens, a type of hadrosaur from the Lance (Creek) Formation of Wyoming. It is the proximal half of the left side of the mandible. The preservation of the bone resulted in a wonderful red-brown color and the quality of preservation is outstanding. It features the cavities that the battery of teeth would have sat within, though there are no teeth present on this specimen. The lingual side is largely free of restoration, and the ramus has a few small spots of gap fill restoration. The coronoid process is beautifully intact, though has been reattached to the rest of the mandible, and as such a few spots of gap filling are visible around the reattachment point.

Comes with a gibson display stand.

Hadrosaurs are frequently referred to as duck-billed dinosaurs and are members of the Ornithischian family Hadrosauridae. They were fairly common herbivores that roamed Asia, Europe, and North America during the Upper Cretaceous Period. Many species of Hadrosaurs had distinctive crests on their heads, some of which had air-filled chambers that may have produced a distinct sound. These crests may have been used for both audio and visual display purposes.

Because of its age and sedimentary composition, the Hell Creek Formation has become one of the most paleontologically studied areas in the world. 158 genera of animals and 64 genera of plants are known from the formation and new discoveries are made frequently. In addition to Tyrannosaurs, Ceratopsids, and Hadrosaurs, the formation has yielded remains of amphibians, reptiles, lizards, snakes and turtles, fish and sharks, avian and non-avian dinosaurs, and mammals. The Hell Creek Formation gives the most complete understanding of the environment just before the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction.
Edmontosaurus annectens
Lance (Creek) Formation
12.6 x 8.1"
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