A Monument Fit For A Beast

A Monument Fit For A Beast

"The Rhizodont"
Blue Beach, Nova Scotia Canada
Why A Big Fish Monument?

Until now, artistic renderings of the rhizodonts have been very few and far between. There are less than a half-dozen drawings of whole-body rhizodonts in publication, even when one counts in the scientific journals. The general confusion in our history of rhizodontid fish studies has not only slowed the output of the scientists: it has nearly guaranteed that these fish would remain unmentioned while media has fed us a steady diet of comfortable paleontological subjects. Of course the story of life on earth is incredibly diverse and fascinating, so there are hundreds of subjects to feed a curious audience of such things.

There is a 3-D model of the rhizodont now at the Blue Beach museum, where it contributes to a large display of rhizodontid fossil bones. We use this to puzzle together the skeleton of a previously obscure fossil fish named Letognathus, which translates to the nice name “Jaws of death, annihilation or ruin”. Though this model is barely more than a foot in length it has another, even more helpful, purpose – a scale for something much bigger, the Big Dead Fish Monument.
The Blue Beach Fossil Museum Society's aim is to build a monumental version of the big dead fish in order to broaden the stifled paleontological art-world beyond dinosaurs and into something fundamentally more essential, like Evolution’s Greatest Mystery. It’s not that we’re art critics, or even connoisseurs – our non-profit organization (a recognized Registered Canadian Charity Status), is seeking financial donations to build a fifty-foot rendition of this mysterious beast at the enterance of the pathway leading down to Blue Beach for several reasons.
(1). To attract attention to our overall goal, to build a new state-of-the-art museum on-site.
(2). To help kick-off our fundraising campaign by attracting local contributors. (You can sponsor a single fish scale for x-amount, or a tooth for a larger contribution. Corporate donations could sponsor even larger parts…all to raise funds for the museum project).
(3). To promote an appreciation for the newer, untold ideas and stories in today’s paleontology.

(4). To create an attraction that people will want to visit, pose for photos at, show off to friends who haven’t yet seen, and to thrill young and old alike (rhizodonts are just as scary as T. rex)

Further Reading:
Saving Three Treasures
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