October 03, 2008

*Toy Box Inspiration: Dinosaurs, Part One

(cross-posted to DDBBG)

So, I needed a little inspiration to post, and I found it in my nephew's box of dinosaurs. He's always liked dinosaurs, and I have encouraged that interest. I try to teach him the names of the different dinosaurs, and what they eat, etc.

Here is the first dinosaur...
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Notice the trees I positioned to make it more life-like? Awesome.

Now. What I believe we have here is the mighty stegosaurus. Notice the spikes on the tail, and the alternating armour plates on either side of the spine? Its head seems a little big, but toy dinosaurs aren't always entirely anatomically correct...or maybe they got crazy and made a less-well-known stegosaur. Anywho, this guy was about the size of a bus, and was an herbivore.

See how his front legs bow out like a lizard? That stance, combined with relatively short limbs compared to his bulk, probably mean the stegosaurus was not exactly winning any land races. The tail spikes and possibly the spinal plates were used in defense against predators. Imagine the predator that would look at a spikey, bus-sized stegosaurus and think, "Mmm, tasty."

Posted by Jennifer at October 3, 2008 12:21 PM | TrackBack


I'm no paleobotanist, per se, but that plant life appears to be late Triassic. Steggy was in the Cretaceous.

The lad needs to be careful if Auntie Jen volunteers to help on any dioramas.

Posted by: Jim at October 3, 2008 05:27 PM

My son is into dinosaurs in a big way. We took him to see the Walking With Dinosaurs live show this summer. It was incredibly impressive.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at October 3, 2008 07:02 PM