2.6" Fossil Hadrosaur Vertebra Section w/ Stand - South Dakota

This is a 2.6" wide fossil hadrosaur dinosaur (Edmontosaurus annectens?) cervical vertebra section, collected from the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota. The bone primarily features a partial neural canal. It is accompanied by the pictured metal display stand.

Edmontosaurus is one of the largest Hadrosaurs, and one of the most widespread: fossil remainshave been found across western North America, from Colorado to northern Alaska. This large herbivore was about the same size as the contemporary predator Tyrannosaurus, reaching 39 feet in length and an average weight of about 6 tons. Named after Edmonton, the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta where its first fossils were discovered, Edmontosaurus was a gregarious terrestrial herbivore that ground up low-lying plant material with its large battery of ever-restoring teeth. Numerous skin impressions and mummified specimens show us that Edmontosaurus had scaly skin, and its forelimbs were enclosed in a fleshy "mitten" serving a purpose similar to a hoof. Edmontosaurus was a member of the Saurolophine clade of Hadrosaurs, meaning they had little to nonexistent crests on the backs of their skulls.

Edmontosaurus annectens?
South Dakota
Hell Creek Formation
Vertebra: 2.6 x 1.95 x 1.9"
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