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  • Hematized Hadrosaurid Distal Caudal Vertebra




    Duck-Billed Dinosaur

    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Reptilia
    Order: Ornithischia
    Family: Hadrosauridae
    Genus: Indet.
    Species: Indet.
    Author Citation Cope, 1869

    Geological Time Scale

    Eon: Phanerozoic
    Era: Mesozoic
    Period: Cretaceous
    Sub Period: None
    Epoch: Late
    International Age: Latest Campanian-Earliest Maastrichtian


    Difunta Group
    Cerro del Pueblo Formation


    Collector: Me, Ramon Garza
    Date Collected: 03/11/2020
    Acquired by: Field Collection




    I found this specimen along with some other fossils during a fossil hunt. This vertebra is very peculiar and unique, due to its small size, and it’s composition. 

    It is completely permineralized by hematite, making it feel much heavier than the average rock. It almost feels like a chunk of metal.

    Probably belongs to one of the endemic hadrosaur species of the Cerro del Pueblo Formation, such as Velafrons coahuilensis, or Latirhinus uitstlani.

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    22 minutes ago, Troodon said:

    Very nice vert.  Any teeth in your hunt?

    Unfortunately no, I was really hoping to find some nice teeth though. I found a lot of large eroded dinosaur bone fragments, a croc scute fragment, and also a small soft shelled turtle carapace fragment.

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    2 minutes ago, Troodon said:

    Will you have an opportunity to go again?

    I really want to go later this year, if there isn’t any travel restrictions in Mexico.

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