3.75" Fossil Hadrosaur Phalange Bone on Metal Stand - Montana

This is a 3.75" long, hadrosaur phalange (hand) bone, collected from the Cretaceous age, Judith River Formation in Hill County, Montana. It comes from the lateral side of the right foot, and would have been the proximal-most phalange. The preservation of this bone is phenomenal, requiring virtually no repair or restoration. If there is restoration, it's very likely in the form of minor gap fill, however I see no indication of this.

It comes with the pictured, custom metal display stand.

There are several hadrosaurs that have been identified from this location. Since hadrosaur phalange bones are quite similar in appearance from species to species, it is difficult to provide an accurate genus/species to an isolated bone such as this.

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 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.

The Judith River Formation is one of the most prolific sources of Late Cretaceous vertebrate fossils. At least sixteen Orders containing more than forty Genera are known from the formation. These include fish, amphibians, mammals, and insects in addition to the reptiles, avian and non-avian dinosaurs (birds). Among the more interesting specimens is Leonardo, a mummified and fossilized Brachylophosaurus. This is a Hadrosaur, a duck-billed dinosaur with amazing preservation of the soft tissues of the body. The pattern in the skin of the feet is even preserved. In addition to Leonardo, the Judith River Formation contains the remains of the theropod Hesperornis, the only known freshwater Hespernorthid, a penguin like bird.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Unidentified Hadrosaur
LOCATION
Hill County, Montana
FORMATION
Judith River Formation
SIZE
Bone: 3.75 x 3.5 x 2.6", height on stand: 4.9" tall
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#196702
GUARANTEE
We guarantee the authenticity of all of our
specimens. Read more about our
Authenticity Guarantee.