For those of you that have visited the Black Hills Institute in Hill City SD you know that space is at a premium. When I heard that they were planning to add a replica of the large Jurassic Pliosaur Liopleurodon ferox , I said where? Well here it is flying high above.
The new view as you enter
Getting to this point was not easy. The replica was not complete and the skull was distorted.
Started with a two meter skull
mounting of the scapulae and the created coracoids
positioned the pubes and ischia
attached to the sacral ribs with a rod going through the “yet to be created” ilia
attach the created gastralia basket, creating the disassemble circle that will support the massive paddles
Mounting of the ribs
Lots of modification to the ribs and lateral spines
Its South Dakota cow country
Bone corrections being made