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Re: protarchaeopteryx help
I've actually inspected this cast. Wasn't the most carefully made cast
(some sort of resin/plastic I think), quite a few small bubbles (max 2-3mm)
and not much fine detail. Determining the margins of some of the elements
was quite tricky, and the paint job seemed to have been done in a rush so
it didn't help clarify anything. It did its job as a display piece in the
exhibit however, and the public could spot the main features pointed out on
a diagram on a plaque in front of it. Of course feathers weren't painted
on, but they were clearly visible on the real (and apparently unpublished?)
_Caudipteryx_ specimen along side.
I wasn't aware that they specifically claimed this to be a real specimen.
At 09:03 AM 5/12/2005, Jaime A. Headden wrote:
The specimen is indeed based on the original *Protarchaeopteryx* specimen,
but is cast and modelled, rather than representing the actual specimen. The
feathers have not been painted on and the details of inferred bones have been
detailed rather than allowing the cast to speak for itself. That said, this
looks less like a cast than an artistic model of the display specimen. The
lighting doesn't help, either.
Jaime A. Headden
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