Replica Velociraptor skull - 3D print photography

3D print available to buy HERE

3 sizes available:
Large - Full size! (assembled length - 22.5 cm)
Medium - Half scale (assembled length - 11.3 cm)
Small - 1/3rd scale (assembled length - 7.5 cm)

All 3D work created in blender 2.78

Main reference:
The skull of Velociraptor (Theropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia.
Rinchen Barsbold and Halszka Osmólska, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 44 (2), 1999: 189-219
Also found reference and photos based on specimens - GIN 100/25, IGM 100/982 and AMNH 6515.

Photography by Mushroom Imaging

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Very detailed I like it a lot. I wonder why birds and some of their ancestors have this bone circular part inside their eye socket.

Very detailed I like it a lot. I wonder why birds and some of their ancestors have this bone circular part inside their eye socket.

The sclerotic ring occurs in most vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds) but is lost in mammals and oddly, crocodilians. In dinosaurs, the eye was a immobile flattened dome, the bony ring helped support the shape.

Thanks for the explanation! If the eyes were immobile their head movement must have been very simmilar to birds when they try to focus on a particular thing with a lot of tilting and turning. It must have looked rather funny with bigger dinosaurs. Very interesting.

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