.85" Thescelosaurus Vertebrae - North Dakota

 
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An artists reconstruction of Thescelosaurus.  By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com)
An artists reconstruction of Thescelosaurus. By Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com)
is a .85" long vertebrae with processes, from the ornithopod dinosaur Thescelosaurus. It was collected from the Hell Creek Formation of Bowman, North Dakota.

Thescelosaurus was a small ornithopod dinosaur that appeared at the very end of the Late Cretaceous period in North America. The preservation and completeness of many of its specimens indicate that it may have preferred to live near streams.

This bipedal ornithopod is known from several partial skeletons and skulls that indicate it grew to between 2.5 and 4.0 meters (8.2 to 13.1 ft) in length on average. It had sturdy hind limbs, small wide hands, and a head with an elongate pointed snout. The form of the teeth and jaws suggest a primarily herbivorous animal.

Thescelosaurus was a heavily built bipedal animal, probably herbivorous, but possibly omnivorous. It would have browsed in the first meter or so from the ground, feeding selectively, with food held in the mouth by cheeks while chewing.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Thescelosaurus
LOCATION
Bowman, North Dakota
FORMATION
Hell Creek Formation
SIZE
.85" long
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#88766
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