Mounted Juvenile Hypacrosaurus Skeleton

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Lot 1035W
Mounted Juvenile Hypacrosaurus Skeleton

US$ 175,000 - 225,000
£ 130,000 - 160,000
Mounted Juvenile Hypacrosaurus Skeleton
Hypacrosaurus
Cretaceous
Two Medicine Formation, Montana

An obscure species until 1994, when it was formally named, Hypacrosaurus was a large, plant-eating, hollow-crested species of duck-billed dinosaur, or hadrosaur. Its short toothless beak and almost forty rows of cheek teeth evidence its herbivorous habit. A row of short spines along its vertebrae formed a small fin on its back. The hollow, bony crest on top of its long head is thought to have been used for courtship displays and as a resonating chamber for making sounds. As its nostrils extended up through the crest, perhaps the crest also served as an enhancer to the animal's sense of smell. It may also have served as a cooling device. The present beautifully prepared juvenile specimen is mounted in a lifelike walking posture illustrating its quadrapedal (four-legged) capability. The robust rear leg structure suggests that the animal also stood on its hind legs, probably to reach higher branches when feeding. This specimen boasts nearly 80% original bone and has been mounted on a custom metal armature.
Length measures 11 feet, 9 inches; Height measures 5 feet, 5 inches

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