Description

    DUCK-BILLED DINOSAUR FEMUR
    Family: Hadrosauridae
    Cretaceous
    Judith River Formation, Montana

    This large and hefty leg bone comes from one of the unusual-looking duck-billed Hadrosauridae. The many genera of this herbivorous family, including the 4-ton Edmontosaurus and the distinctive Parasaurolophus, ranged widely in herds over North America at the tail-end of the Cretaceous period, 65 million years ago. This specimen was taken from the Judith Formation, a lag deposit of mudstone, siltstone and sandstone which has yielded the remains of numerous dinosaurs, amphibians, fish and reptiles. It is an historically important site, much studied by early American paleontologists in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The present example displays little water abrasion and has been painstakingly reconstructed; some of the surface areas have been restored. It boasts good bone texture and patination, with two fine large knuckles. Presented upright in its correct orientation on a metal display stand, and measures 34½ inches in length.


    Estimate: $2,000 - $2,500.

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