Models on show

Fossils, casts and murals abound in the main exhibition hall of the Carnegie, but there is also a small number of life-sized reconstructed models of a number of taxa (such as this wonderfully bristly Psittacosaurus above), especially around the small ‘Jehol’ section.Here we can see a fully feathered Caudipteryx, a deinonychosaur (I think it’s supposed to be Sinornithosaurus, but can’t remember) as well as a lovely swimming choristodere.
I really do like these kinds of thing and they seem to be rarely used in museums (I can sympathise, they can’t be cheap) and this is a great little set, that in particular complements the often 2-D nature of the Jehol preservation. Nicely done.

4 Responses to “Models on show”

  1. 1 Kilian Hekhuis 15/12/2011 at 12:31 pm

    Given that “chositodere” gives exactly two hits, both to this article, is it a typo or a very obscure animal?

  2. 3 Tim Donovan 15/12/2011 at 12:47 pm

    Choristodere. Btw was psittacosaurus really a quadruped, or more bipedal?

    • 4 David Hone 15/12/2011 at 1:04 pm

      I’m not sure anyone’s done serious work on this, and I’ve see it reconstructed in both poses. Certainly the hands look like they could have been fine on the ground as do igunaodontoids, so at the very least I would say they probably *did* walk on all fours. Whether or not this was normal or they were facultative bipeds i don’t know, but their general bauplan makes me think they were capable in either posture.

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