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The Horseshoe Canyon Formation is a dig site in Jurassic World Evolution.

InGen Database Description

The Horseshoe Canyon Formation is located in south-western Alberta. It underlies the Whitemud Formation and overlays the Bearpaw Formation. It is part of the larger Edmonton Group and dates to the Campanian to early Maastrichtian stages of the Late Cretaceous epoch, 72 and 66 million years ago. It's named for the Horseshoe Canyon, a key feature of the Badlands.

The formation consists of a wide range of deposits, including sandstone, with mudstone, shale and coal also present. The formation includes floodplains, estuarine channels, coal swamps and marine waters.

The wide range of deposit types means that a large number of dinosaur species have been discovered here, along with mammal, reptile, amphibian, plant, fish and invertebrate fossils. The comparative lack of turtle and crocodilian remains indicates that there was a cooler climate at this formation, although a more recent study found that the reduced diversity was due to a change in the soil conditions.

Available fossils

Dinosaurs

Fossil icon Dinosaur Quality Number available
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Albertothumb.png
Carnivore.pngAlbertosaurus
Onestar2.png
Twostars2.png
Threestars2.png
Fourstars2.png
1
3
6
4
Ceratopsidfossilicon.png
Chasmothumb.png
Herbivore.pngChasmosaurus
Onestar2.png
Twostars2.png
Threestars2.png
1
3
4
Hadrosaurfossilicon.png
Corythumb.png
Herbivore.pngCorythosaurus
Twostars2.png
Threestars2.png
Fourstars2.png
1
3
4
Hadrosaurfossilicon.png
Edmontothumb.png
Herbivore.pngEdmontosaurus
Onestar2.png
Twostars2.png
Threestars2.png
Fourstars2.png
1
6
4
4

Miscellaneous

Fossil Item Worth
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Fish Fossils
$80,000
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Marine Reptile Fossils
$80,000
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Skin Impressions
$100,000

Trivia

  • In reality, Corythosaurus is not found at the Horseshoe Canyon Formation. The fossils found here likely refer to juvenile specimens of its sister taxon, Hypacrosaurus, originally identified as Corythosaurus.
  • In reality, Chasmosaurus is not found at the Horseshoe Canyon Formation. It is likely that the fossils found in-game actually belong to the other many Chasmosaurinae found there such as Arrhinoceratops, Eotriceratops or Anchiceratops.
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