7.5" Partial Fossil Hadrosaur (Edmontosaurus) Mandible - South Dakota

This is a 7.5" wide mandible (dentary) section of Edmontosaurus annectens, a type of Hadrosaur from the Hell Creek Formation of Harding County, South Dakota. It is the proximal portion of the left side of the mandible that would be located beneath the jugal. The preservation of the bone resulted in a wonderful red-brown color and the quality of preservation is excellent.

It comes with an acrylic display stand.

Hadrosaurs are frequently referred to as duck-billed dinosaurs and are members of the Ornithischian family Hadrosauridae. They were fairly common herbivores that 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.

Because of its age and sedimentary composition, the Hell Creek Formation has become one of the most paleontologically studied areas in the world. 158 genera of animals and 64 genera of plants are known from the formation and new discoveries are made frequently. In addition to Tyrannosaurs, Ceratopsids, and Hadrosaurs, the formation has yielded remains of amphibians, reptiles, lizards, snakes and turtles, fish and sharks, avian and non-avian dinosaurs, and mammals. The Hell Creek Formation gives the most complete understanding of the environment just before the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction.
Edmontosaurus annectens
Harding County, South Dakota
Hell Creek Formation
7.5 x 4.7"
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