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Hi there,

I am looking for accurate replicas of actual dinosaur fossils: claws, teeth, skulls, skeletons, etc. I have seen several different resin replicas floating around eBay and Amazon, etc. but I am not looking for toys or other enhanced replicas or cheap models. I am looking for actual casts of real specimens, something worthy of a museum (maybe not museum price though?:)).

 

I am especially interested in claws and skulls, both for reference material and display. Something durable too, so no ceramic, glass, etc.

 

Does anyone know of a reputable site for this? Also, if you have any cool replicas, I would love to see them. Post pictures of them here!

 

@Troodon

 

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TNCollector
21 hours ago, Troodon said:

There are a number out there my recommendation is: 

 

Taylor Made Fossils

http://www.angelfire.com/mi/dinosaurs/claws.html

 

 

 

 

Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. Also, can you explain to me the concept of a claw sheath? Are the fossils that are found of dino claws the inner core only? Or do some preserve the sheath?

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Troodon

When a typical isolated dinosaur claw is found its just the inner core.  The sheaths are made of keratin and do not preserve.  On very rare occasions when small avian dinosaurs are preserved in slabs sheaths may be partially visible and a few occasions sheaths remnants have been found on articulated dinosaurs.

 

Allosaurus finger

dino_allo_hand_claw_diagram_GASTON.jpg.8a94bae2a0630d6b5dbec9c0812ae033.jpg

 

 

Blog on one find

 

https://blog.everythingdinosaur.co.uk/blog/_archives/2016/11/14/dinosaur-claw-proteins-preserved-for-75-million-years.html

 

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LordTrilobite

I've got a Psittacosaurus skeleton relica from Triassica. I'm still in the process of mounting the skeleton, but I'd say it's quite nice and I am happy with it.

 

https://triassica.myshopify.com/

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8 hours ago, LordTrilobite said:

I've got a Psittacosaurus skeleton relica from Triassica. I'm still in the process of mounting the skeleton, but I'd say it's quite nice and I am happy with it.

 

https://triassica.myshopify.com/

Those are pretty cool! If I had accurate 3d files for entire skeletons, I could 3D print one, but it would take a while.

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8 hours ago, Troodon said:

When a typical isolated dinosaur claw is found its just the inner core.  The sheaths are made of keratin and do not preserve.  On very rare occasions when small avian dinosaurs are preserved in slabs sheaths may be partially visible and a few occasions sheaths remnants have been found on articulated dinosaurs.

 

Allosaurus finger

dino_allo_hand_claw_diagram_GASTON.jpg.8a94bae2a0630d6b5dbec9c0812ae033.jpg

 

 

Blog on one find

 

https://blog.everythingdinosaur.co.uk/blog/_archives/2016/11/14/dinosaur-claw-proteins-preserved-for-75-million-years.html

 

Thanks for that explanation. I have always thought that the "blood groove" on the claws were for allowing the animal to get its claw out of prey, like medieval swords did. From your diagram, it appears that the groove is actually for holding the nerve/vein.artery.

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Bobby Rico
9 hours ago, LordTrilobite said:

I've got a Psittacosaurus skeleton relica from Triassica. I'm still in the process of mounting the skeleton, but I'd say it's quite nice and I am happy with it.

 

https://triassica.myshopify.com/

I it is a small world I have also a psittacosaurus it was given me by triassica a couple of years ago . It was in kit form and made out of all the mouldings that had gone slightly  wrong . I had to clean up the mounlds and mount at paint the skeleton . For my first attempt it came out great but it did take me a good month to complete .  The owner of Triassica lives in the next village to me. They are good quality replicas  and a nice company to deal with.  

 

Cheers bobby

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Troodon
1 hour ago, TNCollector said:

Thanks for that explanation. I have always thought that the "blood groove" on the claws were for allowing the animal to get its claw out of prey, like medieval swords did. From your diagram, it appears that the groove is actually for holding the nerve/vein.artery.

There is lots of debate about the function of claws and most do not fit what the general public believes, hollywood:). They may have not been used as sords to get their prey and gut them and a notible paleontologist Denver Fowler and others have their opinions and believe they were used more for grasping.  

Blog on this

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2011/12/14/deinonychus-and-velociraptor-used-their-killing-claws-to-pin-prey-like-eagles-and-hawks/

 

General comment on replicas: 

There are a number of good providers of replicas.   What is key into a good replica is access to orginal material to make the mold.   Molds also do not last forever and old pourings may not look as crisp as initial ones.  So if you are detail minded always good to ask the seller about what your interests are.

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LordTrilobite
2 hours ago, TNCollector said:

Those are pretty cool! If I had accurate 3d files for entire skeletons, I could 3D print one, but it would take a while.

Actually you can download 3D models for another Psittacosaurus skeleton here so that you can print it:

https://www.cgtrader.com/dinosaurhunter

 

 

 

I also have this Platecarpus ptychodon jaw replica. It's fairly nice but the painting is fairly basic.

http://www.prehistoricstore.com/item.php?item=1626

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Troodon
16 minutes ago, hxmendoza said:

I would also recommend:

 

https://www.gastondesign.com/

Gaston is excellent had forgotten about him

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