Go Prehistoric with Dinosaur Christmas Ornaments

Dinosaurs come alive at Old World Christmas. We have three fantastic dinosaur ornaments that stand out on the Christmas tree. 

Brontosaurus Ornament

Our first dinosaur ornament is the Brontosaurus ornament. This long-necked giant contentedly munches his greens while standing in water. His iconic long neck and tail give him a distinct look, and skeletons show a full-grown Brontosaurus could have measured about 70 feet from head to tail. The weight of his long neck was balanced by the length of his thick tail. It is estimated they would grow to full size after 10 years, and could have weighed 17 tons. Thankfully, the Brontosaurus, though big, wasn’t ferocious, and ate a steady stream of greens for his diet. Paleontologists estimate a Brontosaurus’ life span was 100 years. That’s old! The name “Brontosaurus” means “thunder lizard” in Greek, they were probably not light on their feet. The first Brontosaurus fossil was discovered in North America in 1874, and it’s a dinosaur fan favorite. 

Tyrannosaurus Rex Ornament

The second dinosaur ornament is our T-rex ornament. This ferocious beast looks kind of cute as an Christmas ornament, and will look spectacular on any Christmas tree, but isn’t a creature you’d want to wander across your path. Big legs and saw-blade teeth gave the Tyrannosaurus Rex top-of-the-food-chain status. His iconic look and stature has been the inspiration for books, movies and TV. The T-Rex is certainly the “king of the dinosaurs.” The T-Rex was a predatory, carnivorous dinosaur with small arms and two-fingered hands. Many T-Rex skeletons have been found in North America from Texas to Canada. Because the T-Rex didn’t stand erect, from the ground to the hip, the T-Rex measured 13 feet, a total of roughly 40 feet long, weighing about 9 tons. Like the Brontosaurus, the T-Rex’s tail counter balanced it’s large head, helping it not topple over. Scientists estimate the T-Rex could have run about 10-25 miles per hour. Not bad for a short-armed giant!

Triceratops Ornament

Our third and final dinosaur ornament is the Triceratops ornament. This smiling beast makes a cute ornament, but when this beast roamed the earth its head alone set it apart from other dinosaurs. It was a plant-eating dinosaur, able to ward off predators with its three distinctive horns. Fossils indicate that the skull of a full-grown triceratops could have been 10 feet long, making up a third of its total body length. There’s a chance the outer layer of the skull could have been very colorful. In addition to its three horns, the triceratops had small spikes around the circular edge of its skull as well as horn-like projections at its cheek bones. The first triceratops bones were discovered in 1887, and was at first mistaken for an extinct species of bison. It is thought the Triceratops weighed from 12-16 tons, and didn’t travel in big groups. Most of the fossils found are in groups of no more than three. Scientists think that despite the horns, a Triceratops was most likely hunted prey for the Tyrannosaurus Rex. 

Our three dinosaur ornaments are fan favorites among dinosaur lovers, paleontologists and scientists alike. Any or all three of these tame, colorful ornaments look great on the tree. They might blend in, but they stand out as intriguing and fascinating animals. Have a prehistoric Christmas this year!

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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

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