7.1" Hadrosaur (Brachylophosaur) Dorsal Vertebra on Stand - Montana

This is an incredibly well preserved, 7.1" tall fossil hadrosaur (Brachylophosaurus) dorsal vertebra from the Judith River Formation of Montana. It features intact prezygapophyses and postzygapophyses, proximal ends of each process, an intact neural canal, and a complete centrum. Restoration of this specimen is quite minimal considering the environment it was found/preserved in.

There is crack repair through the body of the centrum with gap fill restoration in cracks where the bone crumbled. The pedicles have repaired cracks and gap fill restoration on the right side, with the majority of gap fill along the anterior portion. The transverse processes are incredibly intact, only requiring crack repair at their proximal ends and some gap fill to the right process along the superior edge.

Comes with the pictured, custom metal display stand.

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.

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.
Brachylophosaur sp.
North Central Montana
Judith River Formation
Vertebra: 7.1 x 5.3 x 3.1", height on stand: 7.4" tall
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