POTD: Prehistoric Makeup

Prehistoric Makeup
Bozeman, Montana

Sometimes when they reconstruct dinosaur skeletons from partial fossils they try to match the plaster color for the missing pieces they are filling in to that of the actual fossils.  Other times, such as in this case, they use unadulterated plaster which creates a high contrast effect. I doubt that it was the intended purpose, but in this particular case the use of white plaster results in an interesting artistic mosaic of a terrifying “thunder lizard” that from an artistic point of view is quite a bit more interesting than a carefully color-matched effort. (Full disclosure, the darker parts of this reconstruction aren’t likely the real fossils, rather they are reproductions of the real fossils that are safely tucked away in storage somewhere.)

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