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Dinosaur Weathervane – Flying Pteranodon

Pteranodon Weather Vane


The Pteranodon Weathervane shown here is a new member of our Prehistoric Weathervane series. It was commissioned by the owners of the Best Western Denver Southwest hotel in Colorado. The hotel underwent a major remodeling effort, transforming it into a destination vacation spot, complete with many dinosaur artifacts. They wanted a large sized Pteranodon Weathervane to greet visitors as they pulled up to the hotel.

As shown here, the pteranodon is constructed of copper with optional gold leaf on the beak, legs and head markings. It is shown skimming over the waves of a prehistoric inland sea, depicted here in brass. The owners also requested that their pteranodon have translucent red eyes! The waves are a necessary part of the design as it needs a ‘wind catcher’ to insure that it turns correctly in the wind. Without the waves, the flying reptile alone is too vertical to align itself properly with the shifting breezes.

In addition to this Pteranodon Weathervane, this customer also commissioned a medium sized Stegosaurus Weathervane as a thank you gift to the director of the nearby Morrison Natural History Museum (near the famous Dinosaur Ridge) for consulting with them as they remodeled their hotel. We also offer a Triceratops Weathervane. We are still hoping someone will decide to commission a Tyrannosaurus Rex Weathervane or a Velociraptor Weathervane. We have an outstanding offer that I will do all the design work for either of these dinosaurs at no additional charge to the first person to order one from us.

Pteranodon is a genus of, pterosaurs, which included some of the largest known flying reptiles, with wingspans over 6 meters (20 ft). It existed during the late Cretaceous geological period of North America in present day Kansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota. More fossil specimens of Pteranodon have been found than any other pterosaur, many of them well preserved with nearly complete skulls and articulated skeletons. It was an important part of the animal community in the Western Interior Seaway. Pteranodon was a reptile, but not a dinosaur. By definition, all dinosaurs belong to the groups, Saurischia, and Ornithischia, which exclude pterosaurs. Nevertheless, Pteranodon is frequently featured in dinosaur books and is strongly associated with dinosaurs by the general public.