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Boy am I loquacious tonite! I suspect part of the reason tails of dino
toys touch the ground is to give them a tripod to stand on! Plastic
tyrannosaurs accurately depicted would tip over with every breeze.
As for trilobites, the real fossils are better than any plaster
model and if you have a Phacops rana that occurs by the thousand in some
locations in upstate NY (sorry Derek), take it to a precision casting
place and have them put it in a thick coat of slip, burn the fossil
(limestone) out and fill the mold with your favorite metal ($300 for
gold, $15 for silver, ??? for stainless steel or brass. I would noit do
this for anything valuable but this and srinoid buttons in sterling would
make great jewelry, lost wax (sorry, lost calcite) process.
Ray McAllister, Prof (Emeritus) Ocean Eng., FAU, Boca Raton, FL 33064
Diving Dinosaur, Geologist/Oceanographer/Ocean Engineer, 43 years SCUBA
firstname.lastname@example.org (305) 426-0808, Author Diving Locations, Boynton/Dania