Ornithocheirus simus Gynandromorphic soft sculpture plushie - 90cm wingspan

£65.00

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These individuals are bilateral gynandromorphs! One side appears male, the other female. During the early stages of development, when an organism consists of very few cells, a rare event can occur where the sex determination cells do not split correctly, resulting in one half of an organism developing female traits and the other male traits. Gynandromorphy is observed in many insects, crustaceans as well as in birds. It is most noticable in species that display sexual dimorphism.

The possibility of gynandromorphy in Pterosaurs is unknown, and depends on their sex determination system- if their sex is determined genetically, like birds, then gynandromorphic individuals is a possibility. However, it's possible that pterosaurs had thermal sex determination like living crocodillians, which would mean bilateral gynandromorphy is not possible. Take this plush as a fun exercise in speculation!

This plush is made from a custom printed minky pattern of an original design, hand crafted and stuffed with flexible foam and plastic rods in the wings to give them a more realistic shape. Popper/snap fastenings on the wings mean that they can be folded or outstretched realistically. They have plastic eyes with secure backings and glass beads for claws.

Each plush will come with a signed certificate of authenticity tag, stating the date it was created and the species represented.

As this is a hand made item, it is not intended for children and is designed to be an art piece for adults. As they are mostly stitched by machine and hand finished, they won't fall apart if handled roughly but have not undergone the relevant safety tests to guarentee their safety as a child's toy and contain small parts that may pose a choking hazard.

Plushie Dimensions: 20cm tall, 90cm wingspan
Description: Ornithocheirus simus is a pterosaur known from fragmentary fopssil remains found in Late Cretaceous Cambridge Greensand sediments of the UK. Sexual dimorphism in this species is speculative but plausible!