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We are primarily scientific--mold-makers, specializing in the production of paleontological replicas of famous museum fossil specimens. For the most part, our reproductions are of full skeletons in matrix slabs, however, we do feature several skulls which include seven dinosaurs. Two of these (Allosaurus and the duckbill Corythosaurus), are in the form of one-sided specimens designed for wall hanging. We will be adding another dinosaur later. Of the full skeleton slabs, you will find fossil birds such as specimens of Archaeopteryx and other more recent ones. Also several pterosaurs are stocked as well as a few odd pieces.

Be sure to look at our Museum...in a box series of kits. Many products are shown in these kits that aren't listed individually on this page. If there's an item you'd like to purchase separately that isn't here, please contact us. We're happy to accommdate.

Allosaurus

A single sided wall hanging - L: 22in Wt: 12 lbs

Allosaurus was the main carnivoire of his time (the mid-Jurassic period of about 150 million years ago). Allosaurus reached a length of 45 feet. He probably ate small dinosaurs like stegosaurs.

The characteristics of all carnosaurs, of any age or locality, are remarkably similar. First they are of the same basic design, bipedal stance, birdlike feet and gait and primitive conical teeth. As Tyrannosaurus was king of the late Cretaceous, so Allosaurus was in the mid-Jurassic.

Most of the world's specimens of Allosaur skeletons came from a single mass deposit in central Utah, near the town of Price. There have been slightly modified versions found around the world. For instance, Megalosaurus of Europe, and others, are so similar that telling them apart is difficult. Even the tiny dinosaur Compsognathus is virtually identical with Archaeopteryx, a bird!

Allosaurus

A killer wall sconce! (A true world-class specimen)................... For only $ 99.00  

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Archaeopteryx

Berlin Archaeopteryx

The earliest known bird, is represented by only six specimens on limestone slabs found in Bavaria, Germany. The quarry where they were discovered is part of the Solnhofen limestone formation which is late Jurassic in age (152 million years old). The quarry operation is principley for lithographic printing and building materials. Workmen often discover fossils while splitting the stone.

Formed originally by marine deposits, fish and other sea life are most often discovered, however, many pterosaurs, lizard-like reptiles, a tiny dinosaur and six fossil birds have been found through out the years.

These earliest known birds are not considered to be on the main line of avian evolution, but on a specialized sideline.

The story begins with the discovery of a single feather in 1861, proving birds existed during Jurassic times. Just a few months later, an entire skeleton was found, surprising scientists with a beak full of socketed teeth. It also had a long bony tail and three sharply clawed wing-fingers. If it had not come with feathers, it would have been identified as a small dinosaur!

The first specimen was purchased by the London Museum, which irritated the German people so much, that when another one was discovered in 1877, it was purchased by a rich, German industrialist and donated to the Humboldt University Museum in Berlin, where it resides today in a locked vault.

Four others have been found, none with the beauty of the Berlin specimen. This robin-sized bird reclines in a natural position with open wings displaying feathers clearly on a 15 X 18 inch slab.

Archaeopteryx
Eichstatt Archaeopteryx

Berlin Archaeopteryx................... $150.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

The Famous Maxberg Specimen is also available:

We Have casts of the famous missing specimen of Archaeopteryx from Maxberg. We cannot sell this specimen to the general public, but it can be exchanged in institutional swaps. We offer it in trade for casts, or molding loans of dinosaur skulls, pterosaur and bird skeletons. (Large institutional museums may purchase a full set of 4 different specimens. Two of them come with counterparts, making a total of 6 slabs. Included are the Berlin, Eichstatt, Haarlem/Teylor and Maxberg. all for $600. plus shipping. Museums only!)

The Eichstatt juvenile Archaeopteryx - Although this is not a full grown specimen, the detail on the skull is outstanding. 10x19in. slab Wt: 6 lbs.........$175.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

The Eichstatt counterpart - 10x14in. slab Wt:4 lbs(approx).........$95.00 or both slabs - $250.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Coelophysis bauri

This small, man-sized dinosaur is the earliest known of the group. It was the first coelurosaurian theropod also. These are the ancestors of the birds.

Coelophysis was bi-pedal and cursorial in nature. It had three long fingers in it's hands for grasping at it's small, quick moving prey. (The name Coelurosaur, pronounced "see-loor-oh-sawr"' means 'hollow tailed.)

Though found at many sites around the world, the most famous and numerous specimens come from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, USA. The genus lived during the late Triassic age, about 200 to 220 million years ago.

Coelophysis bauri

................... $175.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Compsognathus

Compsognathus (comp-so-nath-us) or "Compy" in Jurassic Park and Lost World, was a tiny hen-sized carnivorous dinosaur. It lived in Europe 150 million years ago, when that region was mostly scattered islands in a shallow tropical coral sea.

Compy shared his turf with pterodactyles, lizards and early birds. He ate small vertebrates, especially lizards. His hind-legs were much longer than his fore-legs, and he stood erect on his back legs only easily running down his prey.

The fossil remains (there are only two specimens) were found in the German state of Bavaria, near the Solnhofen limestone quarry pits. These are the same sites as where the famous Archaeopteryx specimens were discovered.

As a group, compsognathids are members of the Coelurosauridae. It is now believed that birds evolved from such stock during the early Triassic period. Bone for bone, they are identical with each other. The progenitor may have even been feathered. Even "Compy" may have been.

We offer for sale the first and most famous specimen.

Compsognathus

The smallest known dinosaur (Jurassic period).....slab 14x16 Wt: 3 lbs..........$ 105.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Late Cretaceous Fish Microdon (or Proscinetes)

A Jurassic member of the Pycnodontidae which appeared in the Triassic and vanished by the eocene. They were remote members of the holosteans. They all had deep bodies, almost circular in a side view outline, and their scales were replaced by a crisscrossing lattice work of bony jointed rods. Their teeth were pebbly nubs for crunching coral.

A great looker on your wall and a consistent favorite.

Late Cretaceous Fish

..........$ .00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Pterodactylus

Not considered dinosaurs, (but are closely related) the Pterodactyles are flying reptiles. Their bodies and skin-wings were covered with a hair like fuzz, tailed with beaks. See more Rhamphorhynchids and our Six Pack Pterodactyle Set.

All nine of our pterosaurs come from the same limestone quarries as the famous Archeoptyrx bird fossils. 150 million years ago southwestern Europe was mostly tropical coral reefs, with small colonies of life on many of the islands. Flying vertebrates such as early birds and pterosaurs were, however, free to travel from island to island. Occasionally one would die over the ocean and sink to the bottom where it lay until buried. Volcanic dust plumes were common - small animals can't breathe long while flying through such dust. The annoxic bottom layer prevents decay or skeletal disturbance. The origin of the sediment is that same volcanic dust, which allows for the extraordinary detail of all of the Solnhofen limestone specimens.

There are several species of pterodactylus and Rhamphorhynchus pterosaurs. Pterodactyles had short tails and Rhamphorhynchus had long tails with a diamond shaped kite rudder. The later were fish eaters, probably surface skimmers. Pterodactyles may have been insectivoires. One species of pterodactylus is smaller than a humming bird, making it the smallest flying vertebrate. Rhamphorhynchus tended to be larger sized. Recent evidence has shown that pterosaurs were covered with short fuzzy hair-like nap.

Pterodactyle
Pterodactyle

Pterodactylus skeleton, a small pterosaur (Jurassic period)..........Slab 6x9in......$ 39.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Tiny Pterodactylus elegans..........$ .00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Rhamphorynchus

Rhamphorhynchid pterosaurs hail from the Jurassic period. The order Pterosauria is divided into two sub-orders, the Pterodactyloidea and the Rhamphorhynchoidea. Rhamphorhynchids are the more primitive of the two groups. They appeared in early Jurrasic and were extinct by the end of the period. During the mid Jurassic themore advanced Pterodactyloidea appeared and lived on until the end of the retaceous period.

Rhamphorhynchids had a long tail (with a triangular "kite" or rudder on the tip) a trait lost in the pterosaurs. During the earlier period, Rhamphorhynchids were generally the larger of the two. Later, some of the late Cretaceous pterodactyloids had wingpans rivaling those of a cessna airplane.

The three specimens we offer are from Jurassic limestones of Germany. They have wingsoans of 3 to 4 feet. One of these (the largest slab) is Campylognathiodes which is amoung the most primitive of the group.

In another, the wing patagium (membrane) is still clearly visible. The preservation of such soft tissue in fossilized animals is extremely rare. The third one is more distrubed with it's skeleton partialy disarticulated, probably by scavenging predators. However, it affords some interesting angular vies of some of it's anatomy, skull and hips mostly. This one is not great for display, but it is a great piece for education and research.

I personally love pterosaurs, and I am excited about swapping for new specimens.

Rhamphorynchus

OPopular piece - shows wing patagium!

Rhamphorynchus 2

Slab 9-1/2 x 13-1/2in......$ 89.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Large Slab ......$ 139.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Sharovipteryx mirabilis (was Podopteryx until 1976)

A gliding thecodont (reptile) with "hand to foot" membrane much like a flying squirrel. The earliest known flying vertebrate (Triassic period)

Sharovipteryx was discovered in the Fergana valley of Kirghizia, southern USSR in 1965. It was described six years later in 1971 and was renamed because Podopteryx was already in use by a fish. In 1989 it was re-examined in order to answer some unaddressed issues. It is no longer considered a tescodant, but some kind of lepidosaur, or at best an archosaur. However, with but a single fossil specimen to study, and an imperfect one at that, who can be sure.

This little 7-8in reptile most likely scampered among the high branches of the rainforest canapy. There it could easily catch insect prey, and just as easily escape it's pursuers by gliding down to another tree. It is now thought that the patagium was not stretched between front and back legs as originally assumed. Most of it's flying airfoil may have been the hind limbs and the tail. It may also have had several skin-flaps along it's sides as well, but we can't be sure of this.

Sharovipteryx mirabilis

slab 81/2x4in. Wt: 1 oz......$ 29.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Stenosaurus Skeleton (may be Crocodile)

A Jurassic age ( 150 million years ago) crocodile from the area we call Germany now. It lived on tropical reef islands in a warm shallow sea. Crocodiles have changed very little since their development in the mid Triassic. The main improvement has been the migration of the internal nares to the rear so it can breathe while swallowing or with it's mouth open under water (as long as the nostrils are above water).

They are all carnivores and aquatic. Some crocodiles on occasion even ventured into the ocean. The differences between Crocodiles, Alligators and Gavials are minor. They are all members of Archosauria, a sub-group within class Reptilia which includes Dinosaurs, Pterosaurs, Birds and the Crocodiles. They are true "living" fossils and are the closest relatives of the birds.

Of the 23 living genera, 20 are endangered. It is important to save these venerable members of such an ancient order of reptiles.

Stenosaurus

L: 18in Wt: 10 lbs......$ 69.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Other

Nanosaurus skull. Tiny ancestor of duckbills, named changed to Otheneilia - L: 5.5in Wt: 2lbs....$ 39.00 ph:(530) 721-2044

Edmontosaurus tooth battery. A duckbilled dinosaur - L: 6in Wt: 1 lb......$ 19.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Sandpiper-like fossil bird. An unknown species(Eocene epoch) - Slab 7x9in Wt: 1lb......$ 39.00  

Tiny bird skeleton. An unknown species (Eocene epoch) - Slab 4x5in Wt: 5oz......$ 19.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Homeosaurus skeleton. A small tuatara-like reptile. (Jurassic period) - L: 4in Wt: 2 oz......$ 10.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

Icaronycteris bat skeleton (Eocene epoch) - L: 4in Wt: 3 oz......$ 10.00   ph:(530) 721-2044

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