You're telling me I could now buy a life-sized T-Rex replica. But why? But why not? Think of the undeniable cool factor, once you get past trying to figure out where to store this.Who's making and selling these? Hammacher Schlemme, maker of fine, unusual and totally rad gifts.
Is this a properly-researched model? Accurate as far as fossil replicas can be?Glad you asked. It's a replica of a real fossil, one of a Tyrannosaur named (by its discoverers) Stan, that was unearthed in South Dakota's Black Hills in 1992. What made Stan special was that his fossil is perhaps the most complete ever found, with 190 bones found near intact with no crushing or distortion. Silicone moulds were used that captured every detail of the resin casts of Stan's bones - you can even see puncture wounds in his skull and see he had a broken neck and ribs. Poor dude.
How big is, err, the model?Think 40 feet or 12 metres. It's supported by a steel stucture that allows you to pose him in any (realistic) way you like.