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SULLY

Was looking for some input and ideas on what this would belong to. Not much information available and the pictures are not the best. But even your “best guess” is appreciated. The entire specimen is about 3 feet in length. The possible collection location is guessed to be around the Milk River area in Canada close to the Montana border. That’s all I have available to me. So please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

 

 

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Al Tahan

Personally, I don’t know enough about the geology and fossils from that area. I feel like an ID may be difficult without a good idea of the formation. 

 

The only thing I will say is it very well may be a tail segment from a dinosaur (no clue which). Many dinosaurs had ligaments that ran along the vertebrae in their tail. I does appear something looking like ligaments are present. This could narrow it down to a Dino that needed their tail for balance and agility. Small theropod most likely.....if you could narrow down the age you could maybe get an idea of which animal it was. 

 

This is just my best guess without reaching too far into somthing I’m not an expert in.

 

Any dinosaur collectors out there? 

 

 

Disclaimer: Of course there is a chance im 100% dead wrong here but I feel like it’s something along the lines of what I said above. 

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Mike from North Queensland

From the photos I get the vibe of a resin cast and looks as if a lot of the detail has gone.

Of what I have no idea, But an interesting piece.

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LordTrilobite

Reminds me of the end of a Sauropod tail.

 

 

What's the age?

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Al Tahan

I’m also thinking it looks kinda like a cast as well

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SULLY

It’s a legitimate fossil. The two types of dinosaur it has been narrowed to is a hadrosaur tail or a Dromaeosaurid tail. That’s the consensus so far 

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SULLY

I have no other information. I knew it was a shot in the dark. But I figured I would give it a try. Thank you to everyone’s help thus far 

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Fossildude19

I did some photo editing to try to make these stand out more. 

 

 

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SULLY

Thank you. It’s a cool looking specimen. I just would like to have some more information on it’s identification 

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LordTrilobite
11 hours ago, SULLY said:

It’s a legitimate fossil. The two types of dinosaur it has been narrowed to is a hadrosaur tail or a Dromaeosaurid tail. That’s the consensus so far 

No. Doesn't look like Hadrosaur or Dromaeosaur to me at all. Way too slender for Hadrosaur. And the zygapophyses are much too short for Dromaeosaur.

Then again, we need MUCH better photos that this to make a proper judgement. As the others have said, it's not even clear if it's a real fossil or a cast from these photos.

 

Since it's so slender it has to be near the very tip of the tail. I'd say it's either a large Theropod or a Sauropod.

 

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TyBoy

That region is late Cretaceous so its probably a theropod and agree definitely not hadrosaur those are box shaped.  Could be an ornithomimid but the photos are not adequate to see a close up of the processes.

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Bronzviking
20 hours ago, SULLY said:

Thank you. It’s a cool looking specimen. I just would like to have some more information on it’s identification 

It's definitely an interesting piece. Did you find it or buy it? Better detailed high res photos of all angles would help tremendously in IDing it if you can rephotograph. Thanks.

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SULLY

Wanting to buy it. 

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ynot
2 minutes ago, SULLY said:

Wanting to buy it. 

I would request better pictures before buying.

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Carl

I also agree that it looks like a dressed up cast. Sharper and closer photos could be useful.

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SULLY

I don’t have any quality pictures yet, but he guarantees that it’s 100% not a cast and it’s a legitimate specimen 

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Carl

The most helpful views would be the faces of the breaks crossing the vertebrae.

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