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"In 1809, part of an Iguanodon's giant shinbone was
found in southern England. In 1819, some teeth and other bones were discovered and scientists at the time thought that they
probably belonged to a gigantic mammal, like a rhinoceros. But then the geologist Gideon Mantell noticed that the teeth resembled
those of a modern iguana, so he named the creature Iguanodon. Iguanodon was the second dinosaur to be discovered even though
the word "dinosaur" had yet to be coined."
Marx's Iguanodon figure was part of the "second series," a set of new dinos issued
in about 1960. Really, he's a decent figure, and not too outdated, though (as with Hadrosaurus) the bipedal posture is not
as ofted depicted these days in dino-figures. It has been pretty much decided that this guy mostly cruised around on all fours,
munching on plants in a big herd.
I have to say, Iguano is one of my favorite Marx figures. Everything is in order
here, even the nifty thumb-spikes...
...and now some interesting trivia about those thumb spikes: When Gideon Mantell
found some Iguanodon remains in 1825, he found only one thumb-spike. Believeing it to be a nose-horn, he stuck it on
Iguano's nose, producing a rhino/lizard-like dino. A drawing was made, by artist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, of what Iguanodon was believed to have looked like at the time.
Below: The Marx Iguanodon alongside the Carnegie Safari Iguanodon (from 1992). Click to
Meaning: "Iguana Tooth"
Time Period: Early Cretaceous
Location: Belgium, Germany,
England, Africa, U.S.A