Partial Stegosaurus Skull In Matrix 2 Rooted Teeth, 17 Neck Scutes, Hyoid Bones +++
You will never see this again. For sale is a partial Stegosaurus dinosaur skull with two rooted teeth, skull bones and neck armor!
Fossils from Stegosaurus are almost impossible to find for sale. I purchased this piece along with 70 other stegosaurus neck armor scutes (gular armor) which was all found together.
This specimen has two rooted teeth (one of which has excellent detail), at least 17 exposed neck armor scutes, what appears to be two hyoid skull bones as well as a couple other skull bones that I am not sure the ID of.
All of these fossils are from the same animal as they were all found together at a Jurassic Age Quarry in the famous Morrison Formation of Moffat County, Colorado.
All reasonable offers are considered! The gular (neck) armor scutes alone are worth between $70-$150 each and a rooted Ankylosaur tooth can easily go for $1000 a piece. I know the buyer would not likely excavate and take this incredible piece apart but the prices are just to show the value of this specimen!
Stegosaurus had distinctly small teeth for the size of the animal and they are very hard to come by. This original matrix block not only has two teeth from the same animal, but they are both rooted! On top of that, there are many neck gular armor scutes which helped protect the neck of this animal from attacks from dinosaurs such as the famous Allosaurus and even larger Torvosaurus.
The last photo shows an actual specimen of a Stegosaur with the neck (gular) armor scutes just as they would have been embedded in the skin of the animal.
All reasonable offers will be considered.
The Morrison Formation is a distinctive sequence of Upper Jurassic sedimentary rock found in the western United States which has been the most fertile source of dinosaur fossils in North America. It is composed of mudstone, sandstone, siltstone, and limestone and is light gray, greenish gray, or red. Most of the fossils occur in the green siltstone beds and lower sandstones, relics of the rivers and floodplains of the Jurassic period.
It is centered in Wyoming and Colorado, with outcrops in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Idaho. Equivalent rocks under different names are found in Canada. It covers an area of 1.5 million square kilometers (600,000 square miles), although only a tiny fraction is exposed and accessible to geologists and paleontologists. Over 75% is still buried under the prairie to the east, and much of its western paleogeographic extent was eroded during exhumation of the Rocky Mountains.