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Skull & skeleton of “laura the kid dinosaur”

Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project

“Bringing DINOSAURS to Iowa”

Laura’s fossil skeleton will be about 11 feet long when mounted.  Laura’s skull will be about 14 inches long when restored — note that her nasal crest is just beginning to form in front of her eyes.  Laura’s dentary (lower jaw below) had the typical battery of teeth present in all duckbill jaws — as teeth wore down at the top chewing surface, new teeth were developing in the bottom of the jaw.  The scale is in feet above and in inches to the right and below.

In preparation for the creation of Laura’s sculpture, EIPP President Don Johnson carefully measured Laura’s fossil bones.  Using those measurements, Don then drew a scale diagram of Laura’s skeleton and skull, guided by other mounted duckbill skeletons.