Thescelosaurus Claw & Toe Bone - Montana

 
 
 
This is a 1.6" long toe claw and toe bone of Thescelosaurus garbanii. Both the claw and toe bone were found in the same quarry in Powder River County, Montana, but were found at different times and were NOT associated. They seam to fit together perfectly though. There are no repairs or restoration on either bone.

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.

Artists reconstruction of Thescelosaurus.  By Nobu Tamura, Creative Commons License
Artists reconstruction of Thescelosaurus. By Nobu Tamura, Creative Commons License


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 garbanii
LOCATION
Powder River County, Montana
FORMATION
Hell Creek Formation
SIZE
Claw 1.6", Toe Bone 1.3"
CATEGORY
SUB CATEGORY
ITEM
#31060
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