Thescelosaurus Tibia - Hell Creek Formation

This is a foot long tibia of Thescelosaurus from the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota. It exhibits great mineralization and bone density. There has only been a few minor repairs and crack filling done to it. It comes with a custom stand with a slate base.

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.

The genus attracted media attention in 2000, when a specimen unearthed in 1993 in South Dakota, United States, was interpreted as including a fossilized heart. There was much discussion over whether the remains were of a heart. Many scientists now doubt the identification of the object and the implications of such an identification.
DETAILS
SPECIES
Thescelosaurus
LOCATION
South Dakota
FORMATION
Hell Creek Formation
SIZE
12 inches long
CATEGORY
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ITEM
#4970
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