Thescelosaurus neglectus

Image courtesy Arthur Weasley

Thescelosaurus neglectus, “marvelous lizard,” was a moderately sized herbivorous dinosaur reaching lengths of up to 12 feet (3.6 meters). Sometimes referred to as the “sheep of the dinosaur world,” Thescelosaurus appears to have had no defensive weapons and only a few dermal scutes for protection.  This would suggest speed was its natural defense. For some reason, the toe bones are the most often reported fossil from Thescelosaurus in the Lance Formation where our quarries are located. Below is a skeleton of this dinosaur.  Note the long, narrow snout.

The first Thescelosaurus specimen was found in Niobrara County in the Lance Formation, very near where our quarries are situated, in 1891. It was designated Thescelosaurus neglectus in 1913 because it had been neglected in a packing crate for over 20 years before it was finally described in 1913 by Charles Gilmore of the National Museum.

Below is a Thescelosaurus skeleton in jigsaw puzzle form.  If you can correctly assemble the puzzle you will be admitted to the portion of the collection with all of the Thescelosaurusbones. (To skip the puzzle, click on the link below the puzzle.)

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