Sunday, January 10, 2021

Vintage Dino Profiles: Marx Parasaurolophus

My, my, my has it been a busy new year! All of our Christmas decorations are still up because I haven't had the time to take anything down yet! Oh well, the lights still look pretty! LOL It's not the 'taking down' part that takes time, but rather the 'boxing everything back up and finding out where to put all the junk' part that takes time!! But I haven't even started yet :-( How has it been going for you?

A creature of the Late Cretaceous, the herbivorous Parasaurolophus (near crested lizard) lived about 76.5-73 million years ago in what is now North America and maybe even Asia. Marx's toy shows this critter as appearing to be a bi-ped, but the latest scoop on this critter is that it would have been bi-ped/quadraped. In trying to pin down what other creatures would have been a contemporary there seems to have been a wide variety. I pulled this extract from the Wikipedia write-up on Parasauropolis (

"...was a member of a diverse and well-documented fauna of prehistoric animals, including well-known dinosaurs such as the horned Centrosaurus, Chasmosaurus, and Styracosaurus; fellow duckbills Gryposaurus and Corythosaurus; tyrannosaurid Gorgosaurus; and armored Edmontonia, Euoplocephalus and Dyoplosaurus.[ In the Fruitland Formation of New Mexico, P. cyrtocristatus shared its habitat with other ornithischians and theropods. Specifically, its contemporaries were the ceratopsian Pentaceratops sternbergii; the pachycephalosaur Stegoceras novomexicanum; and some unidentified fossils belonging to Tyrannosauridae, ?Ornithomimus, ?Troodontidae, ?Saurornitholestes langstoni, ?Struthiomimus, Ornithopoda, ?Chasmosaurus, ?Corythosaurus, Hadrosaurinae, Hadrosauridae, and Ceratopsidae."

The Marx version meaures 3 1/4" (8.25cm) L x 3 1/4" (8.25cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

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