Dinosaur Collection - Styrachosaurus

Late Cretaceous, North America

Styrachosaurus, which means "spiked reptile", was a ceratopsian dinosaur that lived about 65-144 million years ago. It was about 20 feet long, stood ten feet high and is characterized by having a massive head with a short frill around it. This frill was decorated with large protuding spikes and its nose also had a large protuding horn. They were undoubtedly large, herbivorus and slow-moving animals that moved around in herds, probably similar to today's rhinoceros in their habits. The function of the spikes mounted on the neck frill is the subject of debate. Possibly these spikes were a defense mechanism used to defend the body of the animal from a frontal attack. The huge head on these dinosaurs was lightened somewhat by large skin-covered openings in the frill. Also, the first three neck vertibrae behind the skull were fused to further strengthen the neck.

This medallion was sculpted by Don Everhart as part of the Fossil Collection of the Society of Medalists. Don has been recognized for his artistry and leadership, and served as the President of the American Medallic Sculpture Association for the term 1992-1994. He began his artistic career as an illustrator, then worked as a Sculptor-in-Residence at the Franklin Mint. In 1980 he established his own studio and he has been elected as a Sculptor Member of the prestigious National Sculpture Society.

The packaging for this medallion is reminiscent of the crates archeologists might use to ship fossils uncovered in the field. The pine box slides open to reveal the contents, and the outside is stamped "Dinosaur Fossils" and "Handle with Care".


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