17.5" Hypacrosaurus vertebrae

17.5" Hypacrosaurus vertebrae

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We were lucky enough to obtain a few nicely sized Cretaceous era specimens, along with stands that display the pieces perfectly. And, this aesthetic Hypacrosaurus vertebrae is in that group. The piece has not been restored or repaired. It shows a bit of common distortion from burial pressure. But, this is minimal compared to its overall fine esthetics.

Measures: ~ 17-1/2" tall x 6" Wide x 8-1/2" thick
Location: Two Medicine Formation, Montana U.S.A.
Time Period: Cretaceous / ~ 74 MYO

More Information:

Of all the "duck billed" type dinosaurs, Hypacrosaurus, (Greek for, "nearly the highest lizard", as it was almost as tall as Tyrannosaurus -rex) is probably the most easily identifiable Hadrosaur, with a pointed crest and a row of short spines coming out of its vertebrae. These spines formed a small fin along its back. At 30 feet in length and weighing up to 4.5 tons when full grown, Hypacrosaurus roamed the forests of North America, eating eating pine needles, seeds, fruit, twigs, and tree leaves. It's also thought Hypacrosaurus lived in herds. And, a nesting ground has been found, with fossilized eggs and hatchlings. Although Hypacrosaurus fed and lived in the forests, it's believed it would travel to higher grounds, to reproduce. Hypacrosaurus matured rather quickly, with newborns reaching full size in 10-12 years.