Dinosaurs, Ancient Reptiles and Prehistoric Mammals

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While at the Canadian Museum of Nature, Doug collaborated with paleobiologist Dr. C.R. Harington on projects to create a life-size group of Woolly Mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius), and a life-size Giant Beaver (Castoroides ohioensis). In both cases Doug produced scale models of the animals using fossil remains, references and observations supplied by Dr. Harington. Once the scale models were approved life-size models were made with the assistance of museum model-making staff and volunteers. As a private contractor Doug has also produced two life-size flying Pteranodon longiceps for the Canadian Museum of Nature. Using the valuable experience gained working with paleontologists, Doug produces dinosaur and extinct animal sculptures for sale to the public.  All of his new pieces are based on the best scientific information available to him and exhibit the same attention to detail, that he has become know for.

Approved unpainted 1/12th-scale miniatures
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Deinonychus antirrhopus claw, second pedal ungual
3.5" x 1.6" x .5"

Painted resin cast:  $7.50 US

I made this model of the bony core of the killing claw for my own interest at the same time as my Utahraptor claw. I used the dimensions from Dr. John Ostroms 1969 description.

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Utahraptor claw, second pedal ungual
7" x 3" x .75"

Painted resin cast:  $15.00 US

I made this model of the bony core of the killing claw as reference for my Utahraptor sculpture. I used the dimensions from Dr. Jim Kirklands paper but I modeled it in a pre-crushed condition.

Utahraptor ostrommaysi
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Utahraptor ostrommaysorium: 1/12 scale sculpture
9.5" x 18" x 5.5"
Painted resin cast:   $275.00 US
Bronze cast, edition of 10:  $1,625.00 US

Wood base $35.00 extra

When Steven Spielberg brought Jurassic Park to the big screen he pumped up Michael Crichton's Velociraptor villains to make them even more terrifying than reality.
Real Velociraptors were about 6 feet long. Soon after that Paleontologist Dr. Jim Kirkland found the real deal in the badlands of Utah. About 18 feet long with a mouth full of sharp serrated teeth, 9 inch retractable killing claws on its feet and 7 inch claws on it's hands, nasty business. Utahraptor lived during the Early Cretaceous about 120 million years ago and probably ate just about anything it wanted.
My sculpture is based on Dr. Kirkland's paper "A Large Dromaeosaur From the Lower Cretaceous of Eastern Utah" and comparisons to specimens of more complete dromaeosaur species. See also: Osteology of Deinonychus antirrhopus..." by John H. Ostrom; "Dromaeosauridae" by John H. Ostrom.

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Triceratops: 1/24th scale sculpture
7" x 11" x 6.5"
Painted resin cast:   $200.00 US

Bronze cast :  $1,285.00 US
Edition of 10 8 available

Wood base $35.00 extra

One of the last and largest of the horned dinosaurs.
All Triceratops skeletons displayed to date are composites since no complete specimen has been found. A reasonable estimate for length of an adult would seem to be 26 feet. Skulls have been found with a length of slightly more than 7 feet. Triceratops was a herbivore and would have made a good meal for it's contemporary T.rex. Tooth marks left in fossil Triceratops bones are a good match for T.rex but the debate wages on as to whether or not this was the result of predation or scavenging. Personally I do not think you make an animal as big and nasty as T.rex and tell it to wait around for something to die, but it was probably also an opportunist that would not pass up a free meal!
Much of the information I used to produce this piece came from Dr. Peter Dodson's modern interpretation of ceratopsian data in his book "The Horned Dinosaurs". See also: "A Revision of the Ceratopsia" by Richard Swann Lull ; "The Gigantic Ceratopsidae, or Horned Dinosaurs, of North America" by O.C. Marsh.

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Tyrannosaurus Rex
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Tyrannosaurus rex: 1/24th scale sculpture
7.5" x 19" x 5"
Painted resin cast: $275.00 US

Bronze cast: $1,625.00 US
Edition of 10  7 available

Wood base $35.00 extra

What is the biggest predatory dinosaur ever found Tyrannosaurus rex, Giganotosaurus carolinii, or Carcharodontosaurus? So far the scientific jury seems to be out on this one but with a length of 40 feet, six inch dagger-like teeth in a 5-foot head and weighing about 6.5 tons I would still run like heck! Tyrannosaurus rex lived during the Late Cretaceous about 65 - 67 million years ago in western North America. I have based my piece to a great part on the AMNH mounted composite specimen, data from the T.rex "Sue" as well as information from Dr. John Horner's book "The Complete T.rex". The heavier than usual reconstruction of the arms is based on Matt Smith's interpretation of the new material found in Kathy Wankel's T.rex. See also:"Tyrannosaurs from the Late Cretaceous of Western Canada" by Dale A. Russell; "Skeletal Adaptations of Ornitholestes, Struthiomimus, Tyrannosaurus" by Henry Fairfield Osborn; "Evolution Emerging" by William King Gregory; "Pelvic Musculature of Saurischian Dinosaurs" by Alfred S. Romer.

Approved unpainted 1/12th-scale miniatures
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Pteranodon longiceps: 1/12th scale sculptures
Finished painted resin "Catchin' a Wave" with translucent wave $550.00.
Unfinished resin cast each closed and open mouthed versions: $150.00 each.
23" x 9.5 x 8"
1/12th scale Enchodus fish comes with open beak version at no extra charge.
Unfinished opaque resin wave base for closed beak version $70.00.
Finished  solid bronze version of "Catchin' a Wave" $2500.00

These are casts of the models I used to create my life-size sculptures for the Canadian Museum of Nature.

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Pteranodon longiceps: life-size
Pictured version only
23' x 9.5' x 8'

Painted fiberglass reinforced polyester resin cast. Contact us for pricing.

This is a cast of the life-size sculpture I created for the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Pteranodon longicepes lived in North America during the Cretaceous about 85 million years ago. This is a model of a male with a wingspan of 24 feet. Fossil evidence shows that they were fish eaters that hunted for their prey in the seas that once covered the middle of the continent. This sculpture was created under the direction of Dr. Steve Cumbaa of the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Key references were Osteology of Pteranodon by G.F. Eaton 1910, Sexual Dimorphism of Pteranodon and other Pterosaurs by S. Christopher Bennett 1992, Pterosauria by Dr. Peter Wellenhofer 1978, Pterosaurs by Wann Langston Scientific American 1981, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Pterosaurs by Dr. Peter Wellenhofer 1991.
Click here for the story of their construction.


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Chasmosaurus irvinensis holotype skull reconstruction

My job was to mold the surviving skull fragments, incorporate the casts of the specimens into a sculpted reconstruction of the skull and lower jaw, mold the finished skull and then cast and paint a finished model of the skull of the Canadian Museum of  Nature under the direction of Dr. Robert B. Holmes. Read the full story.

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Fossil replication 

Final artwork on casts of Chinese feathered dinosaur Sinosauropteryx. 
The Canadian Museum of Nature contracted me to paint two FRP casts of the Chinese feathered dinosaur Sinosauropteryx.  The casts of specimens 127586 & 127587 were provided by the  Canadian Museum of Nature.
Dr. Xiao-Chun Wu provided me with photos of the original fossils and gave the final approval on the artwork.

Life-size baby 
	Tyrannosaurus rex puppet
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Life-size baby Tyrannosaurus rex puppet
Approximate length 4'
Carved out of ethyfoam for Cretaceous Creations.
Painted by Jean-Guy Auger
That's my # 1 dinosaur critic standing beside it.
Giant Beaver
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Life-size Giant Beaver (Castoroides ohioensis) produced for the Canadian Museum of Nature. Final model is epoxy putty over Styrofoam and wood.
8' long from tip of nose to end of tail.
	Mastodon Group
Photo Jean-Guy Auger
American Mastodon Group (Mammut americanum) 1/10th scale models produced  for the Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Adventure Centre, New Brunswick.
American Mastodons first appear in the fossil record of North America about 3.7 million years ago and disappear at the close of the last glaciation (9,000 years ago). Size of models: male - 12" high, female - 11" high, baby - 4.5" high.
Male Mammoth
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Three Life-size Woolly Mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius), male, female & baby produced for Canadian Museum of Nature. Final models are cast in fiberglass reinforced polyester resin.
Heights at shoulders: Male-10', Female 8', Baby 4'

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