The Department of Paleobiology at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History allowed our artisans behind the scenes to examine its world-class collection, and, with the sage advice of their paleontologists, select an appropriate fossil specimen upon which to base our replica, a fossil with a balance of visually interesting characteristics and a distinct and defined structure, allowing us to meet exacting manufacturing standards. What makes our T-Rex claw replica even more special is that the original fossil was taken from the same specimen known as the Nation’s T-Rex.
Once the fossil specimen is selected, it is scanned and rapid-prototyped to create master patterns that are then molded for production. Crafted in an extraordinarily strong and durable resin, each replica is beautifully hand-painted resulting in a finished, fossil replica imbued with a warm palette of mottled pigments and subtle accents.
The Smithsonian T-Rex claw replica measures 6 ¹/₂ inches in length. It weighs 8.5 ounces and comes with a clear, acrylic stand and a certificate of authenticity.