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Lot 1466

Complete Psittacosaurus Skull. Psittacosaurus is a very important dinosaur that lived between 120-130 million years ago in Liaoning Province, Central Asia. Psittacosaurus is important as being the oldest ancestor of the famous horned dinosaurs such as Triceratops. Psittacosaurus did not have horns but did possess a horned beak and bony jugals (back of the upper jaw), which are characteristic of only ceroptopsian (horned) dinosaurs. Psittacosaurus is the most studied of all dinosaurs because it is known from all stages from hatchling to adult. With eggs about 3 inches long, the hatchlings were about 6 inches long and adult Psittacosaurs were over 4 feet long. This important juvenile dinosaur skull is 4.25 x 3.25 inches completely removed from its hard stony matrix except for the back of the skull which was left for stability. More than 10 hours of careful detailed work was required to remove the hard stone matrix from inside the skull. It is a good skull with solid bone and just slightly distorted with some restoration on the teeth. The important jugals, fenestrae and eye holes are completely cut out and show excellent detail. This impressive dinosaur skull has been mounted on a 5 x 3 inch custom black wooden stand for display.

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Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.


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