6.8" Ankylosaur Scute - Alberta (Disposition #000028-29)
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 (#000028-29) 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 nice Ankylosaur Scute (armored plate) from the Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Drumheller in Alberta, Canada. There are three Ankylosaurs described from the formation including Anodontosaurus, Edmontonia and Euoplocephalus but their scutes would look very similar.
There are repaired cracks through this scute, though there is no indication of any restoration. Comes with an acrylic display stand.
Ankylosaurs are a group of mainly herbivorous dinosaurs of the order Ornithischia. They include the great majority of dinosaurs with armor in the form of bony osteoderms. Ankylosaurs were bulky quadrupeds, with short, powerful limbs. They are known to have first appeared in the early Jurassic Period, and persisted until the end of the Cretaceous Period.