Vertebra - Iguanodon bernissartensis - 370 mm

Vertebra - Iguanodon bernissartensis - 370 mm
Cretaceous (110 - 132 mil y) - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom

The Iguanodon bernissartensis is known as thé Belgian dinosaur. The Iguanodon was one of the first dinosaurs to be discovered by Gideon Mantell in England in the early 19th century, and was named in 1825. This was before Richard Owen invented the name Dinosauria in 1842. The description of this first Iguanodon, the Iguanodon anglicus, was actually mostly based on a number of teeth. That is why a Belgian variety was designated as the official species of the genus: Iguanodon bernissartenis. As it happened, one of the world's richest dinosaur sites was discovered in a coal-mine in Bernissart, Belgium in 1878, where some thirty practically complete and anatomically correctly positioned iguanodon skeletons were revealed. They were mounted by Louis Dollo and are nowadays on exhibited in Brussels.
This vertebra was found at the initial English site on Isle of Wight in the early 20th century and still bears the typical restoration and preservation marks of that time. It comes from an old collection.
Size: 370 x 160 x 80 mm

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