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Joe Parasaurolophus Skull Sculpt Project

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LordTrilobite

As soon as I saw that publication of the juvenile Parasaurolophus skeleton. Since it's been my favourite dinosaur since childhood, I was like, I have to make this skull. Since adult Parasaurs are gigantic, this is a nice small project. (I don't have space for a full sized Para skull anyway.)

With all the information in the publication, it was really easy to make some life size prints to use as reference.

Here are some early pics of the process.

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Regg Cato

looking forward to seeing this completed :)

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Auspex

Rock on! You have my admiration :)

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xonenine

great start! :)

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Fossildude19

Looking good so far! :)

What is the material you are using? Some kind of art foam?

Very cool project. Thanks for showing us.

Regards

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Canadawest

What a great project. Good way to learn the specific anatomy while having fun.

Is that blue Styrofoam (insulation)?

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LordTrilobite

Thanks for the positive comments all. And yes it is styrofoam for isolation. But sculpting it with a sharp knife works really well.

Here's an update of today's progress. Though I only have time to work on this project in the weekend, so it may take a while to finish it completely. Nonetheless it's coming along nicely.

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lormouth

Realy good start! Hope to see the finish skull.

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LordTrilobite

Here's another update. I added some extra layers of foam to the eyebrows and jaw since it wasn't wide enough. I still need to add a layer to the cheeks to make those stick out more as well.

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Also, WIP dodo skull behind it.

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LordTrilobite

Some more updates. Most of the sides of the Para is done. Now I'm blocking out the back and undersides.

I've also been working on a dodo skull at the same time. Since it's a little smaller and there are better more complete refence pictures I've mostly finished that. I based the dodo skull on the Oxford specimen.

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Fossildude19

Wow, Lord Trilobite!

Excellent work! :wub:

Thanks for the updates.

Regards,

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Clayton Jones

Excellent work! How much have you learned about skull anatomy from your project?

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LordTrilobite

Well I have replica skulls of a Maiasaura, Velociraptor and Phorusrhacos. So I'm fairly familiar with the anatomy of those. The Parasaurolophus is of course fairly similar to the Maiasaur. But I haven't really been able to properly study bird skulls besides the Phorusrhacos. So the Dodo was a challenge. And I'm struck by the similarity to dinosaurs, it's really cool. In the Para sculpt I still need to make the base of the skull and I'm not sure if I'm gonna open up all the fenestra or just leave them closed as if filled with matrix. But I've definitely learned a lot already. The dodo is pretty much done. And once I finish the Para I'll probably paint them both.

I was also working on some foot bones for a half complete cave bear paw composite I have, real bones, but not from the same individual. and adding some sculpted bones to complete it helps the presentation a lot.

All of these are still very much experiments though. But since it's going so well so far I probably won't stop here. I was also working on a digital model of Compsognathus and Archaeopteryx, with plans to 3d print them. but I couldn't find enough details on the insides of the skulls so I haven't finished those yet.
but yeah, I'll definitely make more skulls. Maybe some more dinosaurs, or maybe some other reptiles or cool amphibians.

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LordTrilobite

Another update. With some effort I managed to separate the lower jaw from the skull. Now I can add lots more detail. And making the teeth will be easier now too.

I wasn't sure at first if I should remove the jaw. But I think I made the right decision.

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KansasFossilHunter

Very impressive! They will be great to see painted.

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crinoid1

This is so cool!!!! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Gabe

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lormouth

Still impressive work, DODO is great. What will you use for finishing? Sand paper, painting...?

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LordTrilobite

Still impressive work, DODO is great. What will you use for finishing? Sand paper, painting...?

I will definitely try to paint them semi realistically. And I'll probably try to replicate the colours of the original Parasaurolophus Joe fossil. Not sure what colour I'll make the Dodo though, maybe a dark tar-ish colour, which is a common colour for many Dodo bones that are found in the ground in Mauritius.

I don't think sand paper will be a good idea though, I think the material will ruffle a lot if I do that. Though I suppose I could try it on a test piece.

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Another update. I added some suture details on the surface on the left side. The posterior side is also mostly done.

Though, right now I'm thinking if I should remove the imitation-stone from the orbit and other fenestrae and open up the whole thing. If I open it up completely. It'll probably look really cool. But the problem is that I lack the proper reference for this.

On the fossil of Joe the Parasaurolophus itself there isn't much info on the internal skull elements.

So I'm wondering if anyone has some good details publications or pictures on Lambeosaurine skulls. Any help would really be appreciated.

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Another update. I gathered some more reference from Parasaurolophus and other Hadrosaurs with details of the internal skull elements. So I removed the stuff on the inside and made the general shape of the braincase. I also made the outside of the teeth. The skull is mostly done now. Mainly just details to finish now.

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evil_monkey

Incredible work! I have carved foam rock formations for taxidermy & model displays but never thought of doing this....... may have to give it a try.

Can't wait to see it completed

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Here's another update. I used some sanding paper to remove those ugly facets that remain from carving the shape. It looks a lot smoother now.

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And I made a lower jaw for the dodo.

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Next, I'll have to paint them.

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xonenine

very nice job, I will look forward to the next phase :)

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lormouth

Good job! Have you do some tests for painting? Acrylic paint?

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LordTrilobite

I was testing some different types of paint to see what worked best. One type of primer actually partially dissolved the foam on a test piece.

In the end in went with a water based paint. And it works great.

Here's the first layer of paint for the Para. I'm gonna try to get the colour close to the original fossil to make it look a bit more authentic.

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For the dodo I went with a clean bone colour. It's mostly one colour but I added some very subtle splotches of dark and light.

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Also claws I made for a cave bear paw composite I need some remaining bones for.

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