Here the life size reconstruction of the skeleton of a Dactylosaurus gracilis. I made the model in metal wire, paper, glue and powder clay… I sculpted it in about 4 days, but finding scheme, drawing and accurate reconstruction in scientific literature was the most time-consuming activity!! … Even thought, by being professor at the University of Bologna, I’ve granted the access to many scientific papers.
I built up the model as closely as I could to the current literature, nonetheless, since the model is very tiny I had to give up to some details for technical reasons. Pls, keep in mind that is a WIP!!! I still need to clean it with a rotary tool and t paint it!
Here the resources I used:
1. Rieppel, O & L Kebang (1995), Pachypleurosaurs (Reptilia, Sauropterygia) from the Lower Muschelkalk, and a review of the Pachypleurosauroidea. Fieldiana Geol. N.S. 32: 1-44. ([link]
) The paper contains the most extensive reconstruction of the Dactylosaurus genus
2. Rieppel O. A New Pachypleurosaur (Reptilia: Sauropterygia) from the Middle Triassic of Monte SanGiorgio, Switzerland. ( [link]
3. Sander P. M. The Pachypleurosaurids (Reptilia: Nothosauria) from the Middle Triassic of Monte San Giorgio(Switzerland) with the Description of a New Species ([link]
Dactylosaurus was one of the smallest known pachypleurosaurs, a group of marine reptiles with close associations to the nothosaurs, though opinions differ on if they should belong within the Nothosauroidea or be separate to them. It is considered a basal sauropterygia and it lived in the Middle Triassic.
D. gracilis was only 20 cm long and it was closely related to Keichousaurus and Neusticosaurus and I used also the known skeletons of these two genera form my reconstruction
I’ve always been very fascinated by dinosaur skeletons and in general by comparative anatomy… and this is one of the reason why I studied biology. Nonetheless, my research topic is Plant Pathology ([link]
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