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Hi, I started this thread because I was kinda surprised that one didn’t exist already at this forum. I myself love replica’s to enhance my collection or to use as educational props when I visit schools, musea use them too so why shouldn’t we. And let’s be honest not all fossils are available for the common fossil collector, not all of us can affort a T-rex skull or a mounted dinosaur skeleton and rare fossils like Archaeopteryx are only to be found in museum collections, so that’s when replica’s come into play. So show us your fossil replica’s, casts and reconstructions in this thread, I am very curious to see what you guys have to show! I will kick this topic off myself with the replica's that I currently have in my collection. A replica of the famous Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx lithographica, the original was found in the Solnhofen limestone formations of Bavaria in Germany and now resides in the collection of the Natural History Museum of Berlin A cast of a Eophrynus prestvicii, the original was found in the West Midlands in the UK and now resides in the collection of the Museo di Paleontologia in Rome Replica of an Iguanodon thumb spike, the original was found in Cuckfield, Sussex in the UK and now resides in the Natural History Museum of London A replica of a Velociraptor mongoliensis killing claw Eotyrannus lengi claw replica, the original was found on the Isle of Wight in the UK An Allosaurus fragilis thumb claw replica, the original was found in the Morrison formation in Shell, Wyoming in the USA A Baryonyx walkeri claw replica, the original was found on the Isle of Wight in the UK An Australovenator claw reconstruction A Spinosaurus aegyptiacus thumb claw reconstruction Simolestes vorax tooth replica, the original was found during the Victorian era in the Kimmeridgian clay in the UK A Tyrannosaurus rex tooth replica based on the largest T-rex tooth ever found A Juvenile Spinosaurus aegyptiacus skull reconstruction A Grallator footprint replica, the original was found in the south of France A Megalodon tooth cast, the original was found in South Carolina, USA Pterodactylus spectabilis replica, the original was found in the Solnhofen limestone in Germany and now resides in the collection of the Teylers museum in Haarlem in the Netherlands A Plesiosaurus 1/2 scale skull replica
I've shown these before replica builds from the Black Hills Institute. This is a Gorgosaurus and all the commentary and photos are from Pete Larsen Begin mounting a cast of the Gorgosaurus nov. sp. the original is at The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis. This is one of my favorite Tyrannosaur skeletons. This one goes to Masashi Tanaka. Making progress on the Gorgosaurus skeleton. Every time I pickup a cast bone to mount I check to see if I missed any pathologies. This was one messed up dinosaur Finished mounting the vertebrae, looks like ribs are on for tomorrow. Did get a bit done on the Gorgosaurus ribs today, including putting steel in dorsal ribs 1&4 and the scapula-coracoids. Finished mounting the rest of the tail of the Gorgosaurus, adding the chevrons. One of the reasons this Gorgosaurus is such an awesome skeleton, is the painful plethora of healed injuries. The tail of this beast has a nice one. Notice that caudals 4 and 5 are fused. Looking more closely you can see that the common chevron is also fused to the vertebral centra. This is just the location one might expect to see a copulation injury. Add, yes, this is a robust individual (female). Just added the Ethmoid complex to the braincase of the Gorgosaurus. This is the perfect specimen to demonstrate what it is and where it is, because we are using a white brain-case. The ethmoid complex and the rest of the skull are poured in dark grey. Through the left orbit, you can see the dark ethmoid complex against the white polyurethane of the rest of the brain-case. Looking up at the roof of the skull, you can see the ethmoid complex and the portals that connect the olfactory loves to the rest of the brain. The olfactory lobe in tyrannosaurs presses against the frontals and is more than half the total volume of the brain.