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Ancient Bronze Sauropod Dinosaur from 500 B.C.? ...Ancient Jade Extinct Dinosaur?....Page 70

Reasonable minds can certainly disagree, but we see in this unknown animal depiction in bronze from hundreds of years before Christ, a sauropod dinosaur. Our guess would be big skulled sauros such as Mussaurus or possibly, Camarasaurus.

As to the second ancient piece, in Jade the offeror is certainly of the opinion that the object appears to represent and extinct dinosaur. The best match here is one of the ceratopsians, possibly a horness leptoceratops or protoceratops.

From the Offeror of this Piece:

Ancient Bronze Animal
Ancient Bronze Animal , and covered in vivid green patina.
Excellent condition
Circa : 500 - 300 Century BC
Size : 4 cm x 2.8 cm


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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fossil range: Triassic - Cretaceous

"Sauropoda, the sauropods, are a suborder or infraorder of the saurischian ("lizard-hipped") dinosaurs. They were the largest animals ever to have lived on land. Well-known genera include Apatosaurus (formerly known as Brontosaurus), Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus.

'Sauropod' is derived from 'lizard foot' in Greek. Sauropods first appeared in the late Triassic Period, where they somewhat resembled the Prosauropoda.

By the Late Jurassic (150 million years ago) sauropods were widespread (especially the diplodocids and brachiosaurids). By the Late Cretaceous, only the titanosaurians survived, though with a near-global distribution. However, as with all other non-avian dinosaurs, the titanosaurians died out in the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event. Fossilized remains have been found on every continent except Antarctica.

Unfortunately, complete fossil sauropod finds are rare. Many species, especially the largest, are known only from isolated and disarticulated bones.

Many near-complete specimens lack heads, tail tips and limbs. Some palaeontologists have postulated that these bits are those most likely to be carried off by Mesozoic scavengers after the death of the animal and before it is covered by sediment and fossilised.

Sauropods' most defining characteristic was their size. Even the dwarf sauropods (perhaps 5 to 6 metres, or 20 feet long) were counted among the largest animals in their ecosystem.

Their only real competitors in terms of size are the rorqual whales, such as the Blue Whale. But unlike whales, sauropods all lived on land. Some, like the diplodocids, probably held their heads low, while others, like Camarasaurus, held them high.

Extinct Jade Dinosaur from 1500 B.C. China

Category: Asian Antiques
Country/Region of origin: China
Authenticity: Original
Period/Age: Shang Dynasty 1500 BC
Dimensions: L:9.0cm

Notes from the Offeror:.

"The majority of Shang Dynasty Jades are of zoomorphic creatures.

This Jade resembles an extinct dinosaur?

The body design is also characeristic of Shang; using false raised lines i.e.formed by a perpendicular cut, met by an inclined cut to give an impression of a raised line.

There is a hole in the center for a rod.

A rare zoomorphic Jade(Nephrite) to be appreciated leisurely.

Better than reading long technical notes about the Jade."

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ceratopsia or Ceratopia (Greek: "horned faces") is a group of herbivorous, beaked dinosaurs which thrived in what are now North America and Asia, during the Cretaceous Period, although ancestral forms lived earlier, in the Jurassic.

Early members such as Psittacosaurus were small and bipedal. Later members, including ceratopsids like Centrosaurus and Triceratops, became very large quadrupeds and developed elaborate facial horns and a neck frill.

While the frill might have served to protect the vulnerable neck from predators, it may also have been used for display, thermoregulation, the attachment of large neck and chewing muscles or some combination of the above. Ceratopsians ranged in size from 1 meter (3 ft) and 23 kilograms (50 lb) to over 9 meters (30 ft) and 5,400 kg (12,000 lb).

Triceratops is by far the best-known ceratopsian to the general public. It is traditional for ceratopsian genus names to end in "-ceratops", although this is not always the case. One of the first named genera was Ceratops itself, which lent its name to the group, although it is considered a nomen dubium today as it has no distinguishing characteristics that are not also found in other ceratopsians.

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