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    SUPERB DINOSAUR FOOT
    Oviraptor philoceratops
    Late Cretaceous, Campanian stage
    Djadochta Formation, Central Asia

    With their strange crests, weirdly recurved beaks and other features so strikingly different from other carnivorous dinosaurs, Oviraptors are among the most unusual theropod dinosaurs ever found. First discovered in 1923, recent finds show that most oviraptors were even covered with feathers and that they sat over their eggs much like modern birds, such that a time traveler going back 70 million years to the Late Cretaceous era would probably have not even realized these were dinosaurs! Their strange appearance and rapacious reputation have made the Oviraptor a staple of popular culture; it has even appeared in video games (twice improbably depicted as being able to spit poison). This exceptional foot specimen is easily one of the finest examples of its kind. Clearly suggesting the springy agile running style of the bird-like dinosaur it is, remarkably, almost 100% original, prepared to a world-class standard. It comprises the three locked metatarsals, phalanges and vicious-looking claws with well-defined blood grooves, the longest of which measures 1½ inches. The complete, articulated foot measures 9 5/8 inches overall along the curve and is discretely mounted on an ebonized wooden base with a removable glass dome, 12 ½ inches high.


    Estimate: $8,500 - $10,000.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2010
    6th Sunday
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