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    Sale 12052

    Science & Natural History

    19 October 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 102

    THE VERTEBRA OF A TRICERATOPS

    HELL CREEK FORMATION, MONTANA

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    THE VERTEBRA OF A TRICERATOPS
    HELL CREEK FORMATION, MONTANA
    from the Hell Creek Formation, Maastrichtian, late Cretaceous (68-65 million years ago), a vertebra of a Triceratops sp., on custom stand
    18in. (46cm.) high


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    With its three-horned head, the triceratops is one of the most famous species of dinosaur. They lived at the very end of the Cretaceous Period before the fatal mass-extinction triggered by the asteroid that caused the Chicxulub crater 65 million years ago. These 30-foot long herbivores, weighing 12 tonnes, roamed in an area that is now to the East of the Rocky Mountains in North America, which then had a mild climate. They lived contemporaneously with, and were preyed upon by, Tyrannosaurus rex.

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