Hungarosaurus tormai (ŐSI, 2005), Late-Cretaceous (santonian), 85 million years ago.
Resin casted figure based on a hand-sculpted model, painted with acrylic model paints.
Lenght: 8 ½ in
Sculpted, casted and painted by Arsene Kazaryan (UK).
This item is a limited, high-quality, niche edition for advanced collectors, as this dinosaur genus has not been depicted in the world of animal fugurines to date.
Pleae note, this item is quite fragile, please handle with care!
Until 2000, practically no rich continental vertebrate localities were known from the Mesozoic of present Hungary. In the Spring of 2000, after a long preliminary acquisition of information and research, we turned our attention to some Upper Cretaceous fluvial sediments known as Csehbánya Formation, which were exposed with a thickness of about 60 meters in the large bauxite open-pits formed by the mining of Németbánya II and III bauxite lenses at Iharkút. In the northern part of the mine, while documenting stratigraphy, the first vertebrate remains were found in a sandstone bed seven meters from the surface. This site yielded, besides other remains, the first body fossils of dinosaurs from Hungary. The first finds were soon followed by others, and the upcoming years, complemented by many smaller field trips, research camps lasting several weeks and composed of 15-20 people have been organized regularly, during which associated skeletons and several thousands of isolated bones have been found.
Hungarosaurus is the best known species in the Iharkút fauna. This quadrupedal, 4-4.5 meter long, plant-eater ankyloaurian dinosaur has a body mass approximately 650 kg. Its skull was 36-40 cm long and in its jaws sitted at least 80 leaf shaped teeth which were perfect tools to cut its food. Its body from the neck to the tail region was covered with hundreds of dermal osteoderms characterized by various shapes and sizes. One of the peculiarities of Hungarosaurus its unusually elongate forelimbs (hindlimb:forelmb ratio=1:1) in contrast to most dinosaurs including ankylosaurs. In addition its skeleton was relatively gracile compared to other aromred dinosaurs. These features suggest that Hungarosaurus was a relatively dynamic and more cursorial than most ankylosaurs.
(Hungarian Dinosaur Expedition website http://magyardinoszaurusz.hu/)
Hungarosaurus tormai resin figure - 1:20 - painted
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