3.1" Hadrosaur 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 (#000024-25) 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 3.1" wide Hadrosaur vertebra centrum from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation, Alberta. The processes are missing but part of the neural canal is present. This is a cervical vertebrae.

There are multiple species of Hadrosaur from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation. Due to the similarities of these dinosaurs, identifying a species from an isolate vertebrae is impossible.

Hadrosaurs are frequently referred to as duck-billed dinosaurs and are members of the ornithischian family Hadrosauridae They were fairly common herbivores which roamed Asia, Europe and North America during the Upper Cretaceous Period. Many species of hardrosaurs had distinct crests on their head, some of which had air filed chambers that may have produced a distinct sound. These crests may have been used for both audio and visual display purposes.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified Hadrosaur
LOCATION
Alberta, Canada
FORMATION
Horseshoe Canyon Formation
SIZE
3.1 x 1.9"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#111127
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