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Realistic detailing and incredible paintwork are what set PAPO's Dinosaurs ahead of the rest. Each figurine is hand painted and manufactured according to strict EN-71 specifications; with meticulous attention paid to details like scale, posture, weight, and even texturing for optimal realism.

The peculiar crest on the head of this Oviraptor has even been carefully recreated for accuracy; with beautifully painted tan markings that would have given this Oviraptor excellent camouflage in its dry, arid habitat. Notorious as the 'Egg Thief, this Oviraptor figurine is captured in a pose doing what it does best - stealing eggs - with a candid open-mouthed pose that hints of its snarly, defensive nature.


• Someone get this poor critter a lawyer - it appears the Oviraptor might not have been an 'Egg Thief' after all. This poor guy was slapped with the unfortunate label after its first skeleton was discovered with fossilized eggs next to it - which misled paleontologists to assume that eggs were part of its feeding habits. Turns out they were Oviraptor eggs, a fact that was only established 70 years after that first finding, i.e. the original specimen probably wasn’t a nest-raider, but a mother minding her own brood. Ouch. Talk about wrongful accusation.

• Not only that, many believe the Oviraptor might actually have been a decent parent even. One Oviraptor's remains was found splayed out over its 75 million-year-old nest - a dramatic position that has been interpreted as the dutiful parent’s last-ditch effort to shield said clutch from an oncoming sandstorm which buried mother and eggs alike. (Detractors would say it was protecting its last buffet, but haters gonna hate.)

• Not all raptors came with strong parental instinct though. Two embryo-sized Velociraptor heads were found in an Oviraptor’s nest once, which prompted many to believe these hatchlings became breakfast in bed... but paleontologist Mark Norell offers a more creative speculation: brood parasitism. Some modern birds, like the Old World cuckoo, lay their eggs in the nests of other species and, thus, defer parenting responsibilities to whichever unsuspecting avians they’ve targeted. Maybe Velociraptor moms used this same trick, knowing the maternal capabilities of an Oviraptor. Quite possibly the prehistoric version of leaving-your-kid-in-a-basket-at-the-doorstep-of-an-orphanage episode.

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Price SGD19.90
Product Code 55059
Awards -
Dimension Approx. 12 x 4.6 x 7.9 cm
Age 3 YEARS & UP
Brand Papo
Assembly Not required
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