Dinosaur Collection - Deinonychus

Early Cretaceous, North America

In 1964, in the claystones of Montana, one of the most exciting dinosaur finds ever unearthed was found. The small 10-11 foot long, 150 pound predator, Deinonychus, was one of the dinosaurs that led to the current widespread belief in dinosaurs being warm-blooded. The most remarkable feature about this dinosaur was the large (5 inch long) curved second toe or "terrible claw". This claw was held in a raised position during running so it wouldn't be damaged and was used by the animal to slash its prey. Held at arm's length, while standing on one foot, this fearless hunter would quickly disembowel its hapless victim.

This medallion was sculpted by Don Everhart as part of the Fossil Collection of the Society of Medalists. Don has been recognized for his artistry and leadership, and served as the President of the American Medallic Sculpture Association for the term 1992-1994. He began his artistic career as an illustrator, then worked as a Sculptor-in-Residence at the Franklin Mint. In 1980 he established his own studio and he has been elected as a Sculptor Member of the prestigious National Sculpture Society.

The packaging for this medallion is reminiscent of the crates archeologists might use to ship fossils uncovered in the field. The pine box slides open to reveal the contents, and the outside is stamped "Dinosaur Fossils" and "Handle with Care".


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