Denversaurus Scute Fossil
Age: Upper Cretaceous (70 - 66 mya)
Location: South Dakota
Formation: Hell Creek
Size: 5 ¼” x 4” x 1 ¼”
Weight: 1 lb 2.3 oz
This Denversaurus fossil consists of a fossilized scute, or bony plate and is in excellent condition. This scute comes in a small fossil display box with a label containing a hypothetical illustration of the species.
Denversaurus was an armored dinosaur closely related to ankylosaurids. Their body plating consisted of rows of bony nodules and spines, which were covered in keratin sheaths. Denversaurus had a tapered, flexible tail that it used for balance.
Fun fact: For a long time, Denversaurus was believed to be a young Edmontonia, but many paleontologists now believe it to be a distinct species.