1.85" Pachycephalosaurus Claw - North Dakota

 
 
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An artists reconstruction of the head of Pachycephalosaurus. By Ryan Steiskal
is a 1.85" long claw of the dinosaur Pachycephalosaurus ("thick headed lizard"). It was collected from our partners lease near Bowman, North Dakota last fall. There is some restoration to the very tip of the claw.

  • Pachycephalosaurus was a bipedal dinosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous period and probably was about 15 feet in length.

  • Pachycephalosaurus had a distinctive, large, bony, dome on top of it's skull up to 10 inches thick to cushion it's brain from impacts.

  • Some paleontologists believe this thick skull may have been used for head-butting, much like rams while others contend it may have been a sexual display.

  • It was one of the last non-avian dinosaurs before the K-T extinction event, 65 million years ago.

  • There is only one known species of Pachycephalosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis. It's remains have been found in Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming.

  • It was either a herbivore or an omnivore with small leaf shaped teeth which would have been very effective at shredding plants.



  • An artists reconstruction of Pachycephalosaurus. By Jordan Mallon
    DETAILS
    SPECIES
    Pachycephalosaurus
    LOCATION
    Bowman, North Dakota
    FORMATION
    Hell Creek Formation
    SIZE
    1.85" long
    CATEGORY
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    ITEM
    #58738
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