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Iguanodon Waterhouse Hawkins model is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (8 February 1807 – 27 January 1894) was an English sculptor and natural history artist renowned for his work on the life-size models of dinosaurs in the Crystal Palace Park in south London.
The Iguanodon Waterhouse Hawkins model is accurately made using the latest scientific knowledge, created a sensation at the time.
Iguanodon, (genus Iguanodon), or Iguanodon bernissartensis was a large herbivorous dinosaurs found as fossils from the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods (161.2 million to 99.6 million years ago) in a wide area of Europe, North Africa, North America, Australia, and Asia; a few have been found from Late Cretaceous deposits of Europe and southern Africa.
Iguanodon or Iguanodon bernissartensis, was an early Cretaceous dinosaur. A massive herbivore with a horny beak and cheek teeth for grinding vegetation. Its hands had distinctive hoofed fingers and spiked thumbs.
Iguanodon were bulky herbivores that could shift from bipedality to quadrupedality. The only well-supported species, I. bernissartensis, is estimated to have weighed about 3.4 tons on average, and measured about 33 feet long as an adult, with some specimens possibly as long as 43 feet.
These animals had large, tall but narrow skulls, with toothless beaks probably covered with keratin, and teeth like those of iguanas, but much larger and more closely packed.
The arms of I. bernissartensis were long and robust, with rather inflexible hands built so that the three central fingers could bear weight. The thumbs were conical spikes that stuck out away from the three main digits.
In early restorations, the spike was placed on the animal’s nose. Later fossils revealed the true nature of the thumb spikes, although their exact function is still debated. Iguanodon or Iguanodon bernissartensis could have been used for defense, or for foraging for food. The little finger was elongated and dextrous, and could have been used to manipulate objects.
Scientific understanding of Iguanodon or Iguanodon bernissartensis has evolved over time as new information has been obtained from fossils.
The numerous specimens of this genus, including nearly complete skeletons from two well-known bone beds, have allowed researchers to make informed hypotheses regarding many aspects of the living animal, including feeding, movement, and social behavior. As one of the first scientifically well-known dinosaurs, Iguanodon has occupied a small but notable place in the public’s perception of dinosaurs.
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