Apatosaurus Tibia Fossil
Today’s Fossil Friday is the one fossil which sparked the creation of The Dinosaur Place! This apatosaurus tibia (shinbone) was the original souvenir the owners of Nature’s Art Village brought back from a trip to Arizona which began their fascination with dinosaurs and eventually led to the creation of the 60-acre family-fun adventure park we call The Dinosaur Place (for more on this story please click here).
Apatosaurus was a 15-foot-tall herbivore from the Late Jurassic Epoch, approximately 165-140 million years ago. This giant dinosaur stretched over 60 feet long from head to tail and weighed nearly 25 tons. Despite its incredibly large size, the apatosaurus had a brain the size of cat’s brain. The similarities between apatosaurus and brontosaurus are so plentiful that for a long period of time many paleontologists believed they were the same creature. Until the spring of 2015, many paleontologists and dinosaur experts would tell you that brontosaurus was not a dinosaur because it is the same as apatosaurus and the name apatosaurus was published first. However, last spring new discoveries made the differences between these two creatures clearer and brontosaurus is, once again, considered its own genus. This is still disputed among experts and only new discoveries can solve the debate.
This 4-foot-tall apatosaurus tibia is on display in The Ancient Fossil Shop inside The Shops at Nature’s Art Village. To see our full selection of one-of-a-kind fossils for sale, visit The Shops at Nature’s Art Village on Route 85 in Montville, Connecticut.