A ropey Rhamphorhynchus

As I noted yesterday, one of the nice things about Chester Zoo was a series of signs that tried to place living animals in the context of their extinct relatives. In the case of the Tropical House that featured various reptiles and birds, this included mounts of archosaurs – this pterosaur, an Allosaurus skull and a Tyrannosaurus maxilla. Curiously though, these were sculpted and not casts.

As a result while the two theropod were quite good they were far from perfect and the Rhamphorhynchus was really quite odd. Some detail had been paid to things like the sternum and pelvis whereas the fingers and tail for example were really poor so it was an odd mix of accuracy and less-than-stellar work. What’s odd to me is why someone would do this – the zoo apparently bought them from some company and I can’t blame them for not knowing any better, but why were these created? There are good casts of pterosaurs and theropod bits available and they are not too expensive or hard to get hold of. I can’t help but think it would take a lot more time and effort (and thus cost) to produce these inaccurate reproductions than just to buy a replica which would of course be perfectly accurate.


1 Response to “A ropey Rhamphorhynchus”

  1. 1 Eric Edmonds 14/03/2012 at 5:55 am


    I couldn’t find a general contact form, so I do hope leaving this in a comment isn’t too obnoxious.

    I am the Producer of an exciting short film and I’m hoping you may be willing to post about it and our kickstarter campaign on your blog. Let me tell you quickly what it’s about.

    “Battle Lizard” is a 5-minute segment of much grander story set during a time-twisted post-apocalypse in which a calvary soldier tries to lure his steed out of hiding so that they can confront their fate together, and by ‘steed’, I actually mean dinosaur. Think of a live action Dino Riders. Fun, right!?

    We knew that the only way this story would work was if the dinosaur looked incredible. If we made a short film with mediocre visual effects, it would fall short of its potential. The finished film will reflect ILM quality as opposed to what you might see on a low-budget science fiction channel.

    A little about the team behind this project: The Director, Keegan Wilcox, recently won the Phillips and Ridley Scott Associates worldwide competition with his short film “Porcelain Unicorn.” I produced “Apple of My Eye” and “Goldilocks,” both of which literally paved the way for iOS and mobile filmmaking as well as “It’s a Magical Life” for Porsche.

    I’m sure you can imagine a film such as this doesn’t come cheap, which is where our Kickstarter campaign comes into play.

    As with any project like this, support grows through word of mouth. If you could help spread the message, it would mean a lot to everyone involved!

    Thank you,

    Eric Edmonds

    Producer – “Battle Lizard”

    link references:

    “Porcelain Unicorn” – http://www.porcelainunicorn.com/
    “Apple of my Eye” – http://vimeo.com/12819723
    “It’s a Magical Life” – http://vimeo.com/28566889
    “Goldilocks” – http://vimeo.com/channels/goldilocks

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