Description

Thescelosaurus Dinosaur Claw Replica measures 2.2 inches. Thescelosaurus Dinosaur Claw Replica is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. Our precise claw can be used as a teaching tool, museum claw exhibit, home decor claw, or office decor claw.

Thescelosaurus or Thescelosaurus neglectus was a genus of small ornithopod dinosaur that appeared at the very end of the Late Cretaceous period in North America.

It was a member of the last dinosaurian fauna before the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event around 66 million years ago. The preservation and completeness of many Thescelosaurus or Thescelosaurus neglectus indicate that it may have preferred to live near streams.

Thescelosaurus or Thescelosaurus neglectus is known from several partial skeletons and skulls that indicate it grew to between 8.2 to 13.1 ft. in length on average. It had sturdy hind limbs, small wide hands, and a head with an elongate pointed snout.

The form of the teeth and jaws suggest a primarily herbivorous animal. This genus of dinosaur is regarded as a specialized basal ornithopod, traditionally described as a hypsilophodont, but more recently recognized as distinct from Hypsilophodon.

Several species have been suggested for this genus. Three currently are recognized as valid: the type species T. neglectus, T. garbanii and T. assiniboiensis.

Thescelosaurus or Thescelosaurus neglectus was a heavily built bipedal animal, probably herbivorous, but potentially not. There was a prominent ridge along the length of both maxillae (the tooth-bearing “cheek” bones), and a ridge on both dentaries (tooth-bearing bone of the lower jaw).

The ridges and position of the teeth, deeply internal to the outside surface of the skull, are interpreted as evidence for muscular cheeks. Aside from the long narrow beak, Thescelosaurus or Thescelosaurus neglectus skull also had teeth in the premaxilla, or upper beak (a primitive trait among ornithopods).

Long rod-like bones called palpebrals were present over the eyes, giving the animal heavy bony eyebrows. Its teeth were of two types: small pointed premaxillary teeth, and leaf-shaped cheek teeth. Six small teeth were present in both premaxillae, with a toothless section at the tip of the beak.

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Additional information

Weight 1.5 lbs
Dimensions 2.2 in
Thescelosaurus Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Dinosauria
Order: †Ornithischia
Family: †Parksosauridae
Subfamily: †Thescelosaurinae
Genus: †Thescelosaurus
Gilmore, 1913
Type species: †Thescelosaurus neglectus