Styracosaurus

 

Styracosaurs were a species of ceratopsian dinosaurs that lived during the Cretaceous Period (about 75 million years ago). They were comparable in size to the white rhinoceros and weighed about 3 tons. Their distinctive and elaborate frill spikes and massive horn were clearly mostly for self defense, and for whatever other purposes remain largely speculated. Styracosaurs are one of my favorite dinosaurs for their improbable appearance and cranial variability among species, leaving some room for artistic interpretation. I based my sculpture on the skull of a specimen at the American Museum of Natural History which had an unusually long nasal horn and pronounced brow ridges. In hindsight I may have made the tail on my version a bit long compared to the average styracosaur, but I'm sure there was an outlier somewhere among these fantastic beasts. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Styracosaurus

 

Styracosaurus

 

Styracosaurus

 

Styracosaurus

 

Styracosaurus

 

Styracosaurus

 

Styracosaurus

Wet clay model

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