from fossils to a full-sized, fleshed-out replica requires the
skills of a palaeo-model-maker. It's a job that mixes scientific,
technical and artistic skills and sensibilities. One cool example
is the recent creation of two life-sized Cretaceous flying reptiles,
longiceps. The two adult male pterosaurs
have 7-metre wingspans -- as big as a small airplane.
To create these scientifically accurate replicas, the model-makers
worked closely with a team of Canadian Museum of Nature palaeontologists.
These scientists used fossils from the Museum's collection, as
well as scientific articles on Pteranodon longiceps, to
provide the model-makers with detailed measurements.