From left to right, up to down : full view of the area, Iguanodon, Pteranodon, Megalosaurus, Ichtyosaurus, Megaloceros, Anoplotherium, Telosaurus, Plesiosaurus (and a heron).
Those strange creatures are part of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs sculptures, also known as the Dinosaur Court. That name can be misleading, since some of these aren’t dinosaurs, but extinct marine reptiles and mammals as well, covering several eras.
Following the renovation of Crystal Palace after 1851, Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins was commissioned to built the first representations of extinct animals. He was helped by Richard Owen, a famous palaeontologist. In 1853, those statues were revealed, separed in three groups following a rough timeline. Those models gained fame, and Hawkins’ work was greatly appreciated.
But Science marches on, and the models were quickly deemed obsolete. They fell in disrespair, and were covered by foliage. Restorations in 1952 and 2002 saved them. They are now listed buildings.
Despite being outdated, those statues remain a testimony of what were the first visions of dinosaurs, and how it evoluted in a short span of time.
(Source : Wikipedia)
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