A rare, EXTRA LARGE, GEM Quality Anzu wyliei hand (manus) claw from the Hell Creek Fm. of SE Montana. A February Fossil of the Month. Anzu is referred to as the "Chicken from Hell". A fantastic manus claw. This is 1st manus claw which is most robust and ofen referred as the "thumb". Excellent rich brown color and patina. This specimen has incredible preservation - no pitting, nicks or wear.All surfaces are incredible - very rare. Note - the tip was professionally restored which is typical for most Hell Creek claws. A top quality, collector's claw from the Hell Creek of Montana. Note - 2014 Anzu wyliei description paper attached below. Check out our selection of top quality Anzu wyleii claws! Legally collected on private land in the Hell Creek Fm., Powder River Co., Montana. Authenticity guaranteed. A very special Museum Quality specimen. Note - a Riker display frame will be included. One of my finest dinosaur claws!
DA01 Size: 3-11/16" (straightline) Proximal end height: 1-7/8"
Anzu wyliei or the "feathered demon" was a very large oviraptor that lived in the upper Cretaceous period (Hell Creek Formation), and was formally described in 2014. Anzu was nicknamed the "Chicken from Hell" since it is among the largest feathered dinosaurs ever found in North America. This dinosaur is characterized by a toothless beak, long arms ending with large claws, and long powerful legs. This raptor was most likely an omnivore feeding on small animals, vegetation, and possibly eggs. The late Cretaceous specimens grew to 13 feet and 600 pounds. Fossil remains include well preserved bones and large claws. Their large claws are highly prized by collectors and they are among the best dinosaurs claws available. These top quality specimens were all legally collected from private lands in the northwestern US. Late Cretaceous, Hell Creek Fm. (or equivalent), 66 MYA.
1. These claws are the fossilized bone core of the actual claw. The bone core would be covered with a keratin or (a nail-like substance) that would increase the length by a minimum of 50%. Anzu had big, sharp claws!
2. This Hell Creek Formation oviraptor was previously mis-identified as Chirostenotes.