Basal Tyrannosauroid Reviewed – Guanlong

One of the earliest members of that great Theropod dynasty – the Tyrannosaurs, Guanlong (Guanlong wucaii) has been a favourite for many years, well at least since 2006, the year this dinosaur was formally named and described.

This particular meat-eater, roamed the woodlands of what was to become north-western China in the Late Jurassic.  Measuring just three metres long and just 1.2 metres high at the hips, this fast running predator is believed to be a distant ancestor of the Late Cretaceous apex Tyrannosaur predators of the northern hemisphere.  It is hard to believe that this cursorial dinosaur with its long grasping hands and three, clawed fingers was an ancestor of Tyrannosaurus rex, Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus and Appalachiosaurus.

We were delighted when Safari Ltd introduced a colourful model of this dinosaur, an addition to their Wild Safari Dinos model range.  A video review of this replica has been posted up on our Youtube channel and on Everything Dinosaur’s Facebook page.  We hope you like our video review of the Wild Safari Dinos Guanlong dinosaur model.

Everything Dinosaur Reviews the Guanlong Model

Video Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Comments and feedback would be welcome.  One thing worth noting, as fossils of Guanlong’s relative Dilong (Cretaceous dinosaur) have been interpreted as having proto-feathers, the model makers have followed the trend to show Guanlong covered in primitive feathers.  We like the way the coat of navy blue down contrasts with this dinosaur’s distinctive head crest, although are not sure how accurate the tail plume is.

The unusual crest that ran along the top of the snout was very thin and delicate, too delicate to be used in combat.  It was probably used for display either to attract a mate or to show maturity or perhaps to settle intraspecific squabbles.

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