Welcome Fossil Fans to September! Fall is the perfect season to celebrate our friends the herbivores! Plant-eaters are always in style (and on the menu!).
The Ultimate Herbivores crate comes with casts of teeth of:
Triceratops horridus, one of the largest ceratopsians and certainly the most famous! Who doesn't recognize the 3 massive horns, giant frill, and sturdy body? Its teeth are fascinating in that they have double roots.
Edmontosaurus annectens, the largest North American duck-billed dinosaur at 50' long, 10 tons, and over 1,000 teeth in its mouth that formed a "dental battery", this behemoth is known from "mummies", or skeletons that preserved impressions of the skin.
Rebbachisaurus garasbae was small for the long-necked sauropods at 50' and 10 tons, but giant to everything else! It had a tall spine that ran down its back. It's teeth look like pencils and suggest they ate soft fern leaves stripped from plants all day...and night!
Camarasaurus lentus was a medium-sized sauropod, coming in at 50' long and 25 tons. The "Jurassic cow", so nicknamed because it is the most commonly found sauropod in North America, had a large skull and massive teeth that it used to crush tough, fibrous plants high in the treetops.
Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis, with a 10" skull it was built to ram like sheep of today, but at 15' long and over 1,000 lbs it certainly packed a heady wallop. Its toes were slightly curved to enable it to better grip the ground for faster acceleration.
Over the coming weeks, Fossil Crates paleontologists will share more details on these Ultimate Herbivores!