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Professor to Create Sculpture of Australia’s Largest Dinosaur

Nelson Maniscalco, professor of art, has been commissioned by Australian Age of Dinosaurs (AAOD) Ltd. to create a bronze skeletal sculpture of Australovenator wintonensis, also known as "Banjo,"a recently discovered dinosaur fossil and the largest predatory animal ever found in Australia. "Banjo"is estimated to have been about 15 feet long and similar in size, features and carnivorous activity to the velociraptor made famous in the Jurassic Park films.

Nelson Maniscalco
Professor Nelson Maniscalco

"I am happy to be participating in this project because it makes an important contribution to the study of dinosaurs,"he said, noting that the process he uses to create this sculpture will take nearly a year. "I never thought I’d find my way to Australia, but I look forward to providing people there with a glimpse of a moment in time in the life of this newly discovered dinosaur."

Maniscalco has been creating bronze skeletal sculptures of dinosaurs in striking poses ever since he was commissioned to do so by the American Museum of National History in 1995. He has created hundreds of such artworks for museums and art galleries around the world, as well as for Maxilla & Mandible Ltd., a natural history and science emporium for collectors.

Sketch of "Banjo"

The professor was also featured in a July article titled, "Skelmaker Nelson Maniscalco,"published by Brant Bassam, Ph.D., chief of operations for the AAOD on the website, www.brantworks.com. The article features a collection of images of Maniscalco’s dinosaur work along with an article written by him for Dino Press about how his work began and developed.