2.4" Fossil Hadrosaur Caudal Vertebra w/ Metal Stand - Texas

This is a 2.4" long caudal vertebra from a hadrosaur. While it could possibly be from Gryposaurus or Kritosaurus, the lack of processes makes it difficult to provide accurate identification. It comes from the Javelina Formation of Texas and is accompanied by the pictured custom metal display stand.

The vertebra is weathered but has no repair or restoration.

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.

This specimen was collected within the past year on private deeded property in Brewster County, Texas. You won't see any other dinosaur material from the Aguja & Javelina Formations for sale because nearly all of the formation lies the borders of Big Bend National Park or in Mexico, where laws prevent collection of fossils for sale. One of our partners was lucky enough to purchase several hundred acres of ranch land in Texas containing a good exposure of these formations.

These formations are equivalent age to the Judith River Formations in the Northern US and Alberta, Canada. Because relatively little collecting has been done on these formations in Texas, most of the species remain undescribed. Our partner has been putting important material into research collections and working with museums and researchers, so in the coming years their work will help lead to formal descriptions for these dinosaurs.

Javelina Creek Ranch, Brewster County, Texas
Javelina Formation
Vertebra: 2.4 x 2.1 x 1.95", 5.9" tall on stand
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