North America, late Cretaceous Period, ca. 68 to 66 million years ago. A fossilized vertebrae from a triceratops (Triceratops horridus), one of the most famous dinosaurs. In total, each individual would have had ten neck vertebrae, twelve between the neck and pelvis, ten sacral vertebrae, and up to fifty tail vertebrae that would have held the tail stiffly up from the ground, perhaps acting as a counterbalance to the massively frilled and horned head of the animal. Triceratops had a heavy body, and required a sturdy set of vertebrae, especially those that were attached to the massive pelvis. Size: 17.25" L x 6.25" W (43.8 cm x 15.9 cm)stand Size: 20.875" L x 6.25" W (53 cm x 15.9 cm)
First found just west of Denver, Colorado, in the town of Morrison, in 1887, by Arthur Lakes and named by Othniel Charles Marsh, these large horned animals were initially mistaken for a form of bison before they realized they represented a type of dinosaur known as a Ceratopsian. They captured the public's imagination almost immediately and today are a staple of pop culture - one even serves as the mascot for the Colorado Rockies baseball team!
Provenance: ex-GeoDecor Tucson, Arizona, USA collection
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