Prehistoric Sharks Model Set by Safari Ltd

It is not very common to see a prehistoric shark model swim into view, let alone a set of ten from a mainstream model maker.  However, this is exactly what you get with the Prehistoric Sharks Toob from Safari Ltd.  Whether it is primitive sharks from the Devonian or Cretaceous giants such as Cretoxyrhina that get your shark fins swishing with excitement this set of ten models is a credit to the manufacturer.

Everything Dinosaur’s Review of the Prehistoric Sharks Toob

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With palaeontologists able to trace the evolution of sharks back some 420 million years, some might say that  a museum quality set of prehistoric shark models was somewhat overdue.  This set of ten prehistoric shark models made by Safari Ltd showcases the diversity of forms that these cartilaginous fish evolved into.   There may be more than 400 species of shark alive today, but there have been thousands of species of shark that are now extinct .  Scientists know that the fossil record of these superb, streamlined creatures stretches back to the Late Silurian and the models made by Safari Ltd highlight some of the bizarre forms that these members of the Elasmobranchii evolved into.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of prehistoric animal models: Dinosaur Toys for Girls – Dinosaur Models

The ten, well-painted and colourful models represent key genera of shark that lived during the Palaeozoic and the Mesozoic eras.  Sharks such as Cladoselache (pronounced Klad-oh-sel-lak-ee) from the Devonian, the Age of Fishes and the fearsome Cretoxyrhina (Cre-tox-ee-rhine-ah) from the Western Interior Seaway of the Late Cretaceous.  The model makers have shown great care in making their selection of which extinct sharks to make replicas of.  They have included a number of important sharks in terms of their significance to the fossil record and highlight the myriad of forms that these predatory fishes evolved into.

Perhaps our favourite is Stethacanthus (Steth-ack-anth-thus), the “ironing board” shark, so called due to the bizarre shape of this shark’s dorsal fin.  It certainly is a great set of Safari Ltd prehistoric sharks.

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