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The Blackfeet Nation invites you to visit the Blackfeet Heritage Center & Art Gallery to view Cameron, the
This skeleton represents the smallest, and most complete skeleton
of a juvenile tyrannosaur found in North America. The dinosaur was
about three years of age when it died, and fell into an ancient river,
73 million years ago. The cause of death is unknown. The tyrannosaur
was very closely related to Tyrannosaurus rex. Its blade-shaped, serrated
teeth indicate that it was a flesh-eater rather than a bone crusher
like adult tyrannosaurs.
On the front-end of the skeleton, between the two shoulder blades is a
boomerang-shaped bone called the furcula. In birds the furcula is called
the wish bone. The presence of a wish bone in a tyrannosaur is one of
many pieces of evidence indicating that birds are the descendents
The fossil was discovered on the Blackfeet Reservation by Dale and
Patty Fenner and collected and prepared by
The Museum of the Rockies, under the direction of Dr. Jack Horner. Funding for preparation
was made possible by the Discovery Channel.
Cameron, the Baby Tyrannosaur
Below, the lighter colored spots on the skull were exposed and
are what led to Dale and Patty Fenner's discovery.
Case replica of a juvenile tyrannosaur is provided compliments
of the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
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