Carnotaurus and Styracosaurus Pictures

Schleich will be adding two new dinosaur models to their “World of History” prehistoric animals model series this year.  There is going to be a Carnotaurus and a Styracosaurus added to this range.  The Carnotaurus looks extremely fearsome with its reddish colouring and spines running down its back and tail.  As a member of the Abelisaurs, this group of Theropod dinosaurs rivalled the Tyrannosaurs as the apex predators in the Late Cretaceous.

The New Schleich Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model

Ferocious Carnotaurus.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The model makers have really captured the shape of the skull with this model, Carnotaurus (Carnotaurus sastrei) had a deep skull, this suggests that this dinosaur may have had an acute sense of smell or perhaps Abelisaurs attacked prey in a particular way.  When fossils of this dinosaur are studied the powerful head and strong neck muscles seem to be at odds with the weakness of the lower jaw.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the naming and describing of the horned dinosaur Styracosaurus and it is apt that Schleich have introduced a model of this Centrosaurine this year.  The Styracosaurus has a more colourful frill than the earlier Schleich Styracosaurus which was part of the Saurus range and retired around 2006.

New for 2013 a Styracosaurus Dinosaur Model

New frilled dinosaur model from Schleich.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The markings on the face of the frill could be regarded as face spots, perhaps these markings could have intimidated predators or helped to resolve disputes between members of the herd as individual animals displayed as part of  intra-specific competition.  The model looks quite chunky and robust reflecting many of the scientific interpretations of Styracosaurus albertensis.

It was Lawrence Lambe, the famous Canadian palaeontologist who first named and described Styracosaurus back in 1913.

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