3" Cut/Polished Iguanodon Caudal Vertebrae - Isle Of Wight

 

This
An artists rendering of Iguanodon.  By Nobu Tamura http://paleoexhibit.blogspot.com
An artists rendering of Iguanodon. By Nobu Tamura http://paleoexhibit.blogspot.com
is a transverse-cut section of polished Iguanodon (Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis) caudal (dorsal) vertebrae showing absolutely stunning internal cell structure. It was collected from the Lower Cretaceous, Wealden Clays of the Wessex Formation on the Isle of Wight. While complete or near complete bones are rare, water tumbled chunks are often found after they erode out of the cliffs on the isle. Some of these chunks reveal great inner detail when cut and polished.

Iguanodon is a large bi-pedal dinosaur which has the distinction of being only the second dinosaur formally named. It was a bulky herbivore which may have reached sizes of up to 40 feet in length. The name is derived from 'Iguana', a modern reptile, and 'don' meaning tooth. There was once thought to be two species of Iguanodon on the Isle of Wight, but one species has been moved off into another genus.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Mantellisaurus atherfieldensis
LOCATION
Isle of Wight, England
FORMATION
Wessex Formation, Wealden Clay
SIZE
3" wide
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#92574
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