Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 29th, 2013
This is an 11-foot (lifesize) model of the Permian predator Dimetrodon I am building to start a business building museum displays. I need funding to complete the model which is partially molded and will be finished in fiberglass when complete. Thank you for your consideration!Lee Murphy
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Not only is Lee working on this project, he is currently writing the fourth in the line of Kodiak books, this one featuring the Loch Ness Monster.
Dimetrodon was the Tyrannosaurus rex of the Permian epoch. A popular animal among paleo enthusiasts such as myself, it is often mistaken for a dinosaur, even though it lived some 90 million years BEFORE the first dinosaurs appeared. Known primarily by its lizard-like stance, long, sharp teeth and the three-foot-tall sail that adorned its back. Take a moment to Google it and learn more!
Could Dimetrodon survive today? Actually, no. Even if one could be cloned it would have to be kept in an airtight environment with special gasses pumped in for it to breathe, because back when Dimetrodon ruled the Earth oxygen was a deadly poison to the animal life. Kind of like in the film “Avatar”.
The dinosaurs were not the only victims to suffer a major extinction event. While they are the most famous, the largest extinction event to ever hit the Earth was that at the end of the Permian which killed NINETY PERCENT of all life on the planet, including– you guessed it– Dimetrodon.
Even though Dimetrodon died out millions of years before the first dinosaur popped its head from inside an egg, it has living descendants.
Who are they?
That’s right. Dimetrodon was what is called a “mammal-like” reptile, from which mammals ultimately evolved. This is determined by the single skull opening behind the eye (the post orbital finestra) and the two sizes of teeth for which Dimetrodon was named. These are characteristics unique to mammals.Lee Murphy
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.