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Jurassic Wonders: Dinosaur Sculptures in the California Dawn

Mark Tulin is a baseball fan from Philadelphia, PA. He has four books of poetry and one short story collection, available on Amazon.


What Was the World Like Without Humans?

There were no humans two hundred million years ago, back in the dinosaur age. We only came on the scene two hundred thousand years ago. I wonder what the world was like without any human interference?

Was the world a better place without humans? There was certainly no energy crisis. No destruction of the environment or world wars. No cell phones, no right or left-wing politics. No killing of animals for sport. It must have been peaceful back then, except for a few hungry dinosaurs.

I thought about these questions during a recent dinosaur exhibit in Cathedral City, California.

Camarasaurus and Velociraptor


Metal Sculptures by Ricardo Breceda

In Cathedral City, CA, (2022), Ricardo Breceda's metal sculptures of dinosaurs are on exhibit free to the public. The display is affiliated with the Museum of Ancient Wonders.

The artist is Ricardo Breceda from Durango, Mexico. He made a metal sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus rex for his daughter Lianna after she asked for a dinosaur for Christmas. She loved Jurassic Park III so much that she wanted one for herself. Lucky for her, she had a father who could recreate life-size dinosaurs.

There are eleven life-size dinosaurs on a vacant lot off Palm Canyon Road. Cathedral City is a desert community, and it is a thrill to see these metal creatures against the backdrop of mountains and palm trees.



The Mesozoic Era

Dinosaurs roamed the Earth in the Mesozoic Era, which began in the Triassic Period, 230 million years ago.

Due to a catastrophic meteorite impact on Earth, the Dinosaurs became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period more than sixty-five million years ago.

These Velociraptors are considered a smaller version of the giant dinosaurs. They measure sixty feet long, twenty-five feet tall, and could weigh up to twenty tons. And they ate a variety of vegetation and lived approximately seventy-five years.

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T. rex




The Spinosaurus Aegyptiacus was among the largest terrestrial carnivores. The dorsal sail along its spine helped regulate body temperature and was a source of attraction for mating. The Spinosaurus lived on land and water and hunted for food in both domains.



The Triceratops was a giant quadrupedal plant-eating dinosaur. It had a frill of bone at the back of its skull and three prominent horns. It lived during the Cretaceous Period (145.5 million to 65.5 million years ago), making it one of the last non-avian dinosaurs to have evolved. Paleontologists estimate that the body length of Triceratops approached thirty feet. The largest adults are believed to have weighed 12,000–16,000 pounds.





Dinosaur Display Details

The Dinosaur display is at the corner of East Palm Canyon Drive and West Buddy Rogers Avenue in Cathedral City, California. The free public exhibit will be on display throughout the year 2022.

The metal dinosaurs, created by artist Ricardo Breceda, are historically accurate in size and placed in four vignettes. There is a juvenile T-rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Camarasaurus, two Spinosauri, two large T-rexes, and two Velociraptors.

You can see more of Breceda's sculptures at the Sky Art Sculpture Garden in Borrego Springs. For moLindsay'sation, read Diana Lindsay's book about the artist called Ricard Breceda: Accidental Artist.

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