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Wild Safari Dinosaurs Ammonite Model Reviewed

A Review of the Wild Safari Dinosaurs Ammonite Model

The design team at Safari Ltd have produced a number of prehistoric animal replicas over the years, broadening the scope of their Wild Safari Dinosaurs range to include other extinct creatures and not just dinosaurs.  In 2014, a model of an Ammonite was introduced to the delight of teachers, fossil hunters and model collectors alike.

The Ammonite Model (Wild Safari Dinosaurs)

Large eyes, deeply ribbed shell perhaps a model of a Pavlovia spp?

Large eyes, deeply ribbed shell perhaps a model of a Pavlovia spp?

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Ammonites are an extinct group of Cephalopods, that belong to the extremely diverse Mollusc phylum.  Ammonite fossils, because of their abundance and variety, are very important to geologists and palaeontologists.  Along with two other types of Mollusc, the Bivalves and the Gastropods, (for example snails), Ammonite fossils help scientists to date geological strata relative to other rock formations.

Closely related to living Cephalopods such as squid, the nautilus and cuttlefish, Ammonites lived in chambered shells.  In most species the shells were coiled round and the animal lived in the last section of the outer whorl of the coil, in what is referred to as the body chamber.  The shells made of aragonite, a form of calcium carbonate, are extremely numerous in the fossil record, although the soft parts, the Ammonite’s actual  body tissues are virtually unknown.

It is believed that Ammonites had eight, grasping arms and  two much larger tentacles.  These two tentacles had many suckers on the end which helped these animals grab prey.  It is likely that because of the variety and diversity of Ammonite species, that these creatures occupied a number of niches in marine food webs.  For example, large actively swimming species could have hunted fish, crustaceans or jellyfish, others may have been scavengers, many smaller species probably fed on plankton.

The Ammonite Model from Safari Ltd

A great Ammonite model for use in schools, museums and for model collectors.

A great Ammonite model for use in schools, museums and for model collectors.

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The Safari Ltd replica is beautifully painted, the coiled shell being a metallic bronze colour, the body chamber battleship grey with the animal itself painted in subtle oranges and pinks.  Note the large eye, like modern Cephalopods such as squid and cuttlefish , Ammonites very probably had excellent eyesight.  They were probably visual hunters, their large eyes giving them excellent peripheral vision to help them avoid predators.

When viewed from the front, a good view of the muscular arms can be obtained.  The two specialised tentacles are painted a lighter colour and can be seen projecting downwards.  The ends, of these two tentacles have been provided with a number of round suckers by the design team at Safari Ltd, these represent the soft, fleshy pad called the dactylus, the apparatus with which the Ammonite could grasp and secure prey.

A View from the Front (Anterior View) of the Ammonite Model

Eight arms and two grasping tentacles.

Eight arms and two grasping tentacles.

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Projecting out from underneath is the hypernome, a narrow, muscular tube that squirted water, providing the Ammonite with a form of jet propulsion.

The shell has very prominent ribs which are raised in the last whorl of the shell to form two rows of parallel spines.  Such ornamentation would have helped protect the Ammonite from attack, perhaps deterring a marine reptile such as a Mosasaur from taking a bite.  Whilst these spines would have assisted with the animal’s defence, they do not help much with streamlining.  It may be difficult to identify the precise species that the sculptors at Safari Ltd have based their model on, but due to the shape of the shell, those large ribs and projecting points, the model probably represents quite a slow swimming species.

The Wild Safari Dinosaurs Ammonite Model

A super model of an Ammonite.

A super model of an Ammonite.

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This Ammonite measures a fraction under eleven centimetres in length and the shell has a diameter of six and a half centimetres.  It is not possible to put a scale on this figure, most Ammonite species were small, with shells only a few centimetres across, although the fossil record has preserved the remains of some giant forms with shells in excess of two metres in diameter.

To view the range of Safari Ltd models: Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animal Models

It is great to see a replica of an Ammonite added to the Wild Safari Dinos model range.  It is ideal for use in schools as an inexpensive teaching aid when exploring fossils and in addition it can be added to the display cases of Ammonite fossil material to give viewers an appreciation of what the animal actually may have looked like.

This is an exciting addition to the Wild Safari Dinosaurs model range made by Safari Ltd and it means that Everything Dinosaur now has an Ammonite replica to supply to model collectors and fans of prehistoric animals.  We even supply a fact sheet all about Ammonites and this will be sent out with model sales.

Papo Mini Dinosaurs Model Set Reviewed

A Review of the Papo Mini Dinosaurs Tub

Papo, the France based figure and replica manufacturer, have for some time marketed a series of smaller models sold in tubs which mirror animals already included in the company’s larger model collections.  In 2014, Papo have added a tub of mini dinosaur models to their portfolio and this is a review of that model set.

The tub of dinosaurs contains six figures, three herbivores and three carnivores.  Namely, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus with the meat-eaters being Velociraptor, Spinosaurus and T. rex.  It is not surprising that Papo have chosen these particular dinosaurs, firstly Papo already makes large models of these six members of the Dinosauria and secondly, in Everything Dinosaur’s annual prehistoric animal survey, all six dinosaurs regularly feature in the top ten.

To view the list of top ten prehistoric animals for 2013: Top Ten List

 The Papo Mini Dinosaurs Model Tub

A dinosaur model set that contains six figures.

A dinosaur model set that contains six figures.

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The three Theropods, that is the Velociraptor, the Tyrannosaurus rex and the Spinosaurus have been posed with their tails resting on the ground, what is termed a tripodal stance.  Although tail drag marks have been preserved in the fossil record, it is very likely that these sorts of dinosaur held their tails out behind them.  We think the stance is purely to help stabilise the models to make them easier to stand up, especially if being played with on a carpet for example.

We don’t think any of the models will win any awards for anatomical accuracy, they have been designed very much with the young dinosaur fan in mind and not the serious model collector but they are appealing and quite quirky and for anyone collecting the Papo prehistoric animal model range, they are a worthwhile addition.

The Papo Mini Dinosaurs Model Set

A dinosaur model set which features six prehistoric animals.

A dinosaur model set which features six prehistoric animals.

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Although not to scale, there are a couple of points worth making.  For example, the Velociraptor figure works well when used in any dioramas featuring the larger Papo dinosaur models.

In addition, something that young dinosaur fans will approve of, is the fact that the Spinosaurus replica is larger than the T. rex model in this series.  This reflects what is seen in the fossil record with Spinosaurus (S. aegyptiacus) regarded by many palaeontologists as the largest land carnivore of all time.

The Papo Mini Dinosaurs Tyrannosaurus rex and Spinosaurus Compared

Spinosaurus is just a little bigger than the T. rex figure.

Spinosaurus is just a little bigger than the T. rex figure.

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The models measure in size from the diminutive Velociraptor which measures around 5 centimetres long to the Brachiosaurus which stands nearly 9 centimetres tall and is around 10 centimetres in length, the skin textures have been very well crafted and they are an ideal dinosaur model gift set for children from 3 years and upwards

Papo prehistoric animal models tend to have a characteristic look about them and we at Everything Dinosaur have long suspected that the design team at Papo have been heavily influenced by the look of the prehistoric animals featured in the Jurassic Park movie franchise. The colour of the Spinosaurus  model reminded us of the Spinosaurus seen in Jurassic Park 3 and the look of the T.rex model brought to mind the final scene in the first Jurassic Park film when the T. rex knocks the Jurassic Park banner to the ground.

One thing about these small models, is that they can always be used to represent babies when shown next to the larger models in the Papo model range.

The Baby Stegosaurus (Mini Dinosaurs) and the Papo Stegosaurus Dinosaur Model

An adult and baby Stegosaurus perhaps?

An adult and baby Stegosaurus perhaps?

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This is an excellent dinosaur model play set, one that is a welcome addition to the Papo prehistoric animal series.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of Papo prehistoric animal models: Papo Prehistoric Animals and Dinosaurs

Dinosaur Summer Party Fun

Giant Inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex

Get into the summer party mood with this super-sized, inflatable T. rex from Everything Dinosaur.  This inflatable dinosaur stands an impressive 1.83 metres (six feet) tall when inflated and is bound to make young dinosaur fans roar with excitement.

Six Foot Tall Inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex

Just add air for lots of dinosaur fun.

Just add air for lots of dinosaur fun.

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This giant dinosaur inflatable can be blown up by a foot pump, a hand pump or good, old fashioned, lung power.  On test, our friendly dinosaur enthusiasts were able to blow it up in about five minutes or so.  This makes a super addition to a dinosaur party, or indeed for use in schools when Reception/Foundation stage children are learning all about dinosaurs.  It was pointed out to us, that this inflatable is actually taller than every member of the Everything Dinosaur team.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of dinosaur themed party products: Party and Birthday Party Supplies

It certainly is an impressive dinosaur.  Palaeontologists have calculated the growth rate of dinosaurs and they too, just like us, had growth spurts.  Tyrannosaurus rex babies probably grew very quickly in their first few years, after all, small dinosaurs could have ended up as lunch for bigger dinosaurs.  From hatching, Tyrannosaurus rex probably reached a length of around two metres within the first year of its life, still, it had a long way to go to reach the 13-14 metre giant that some Tyrannosaur fossils indicate.

Inflatable T. rex from Everything Dinosaur

Six foot high inflatable T. rex

Six foot high inflatable T. rex

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With the debate regarding whether or not dinosaurs were warm-blooded (endothermic) or cold-blooded (ectothermic) or indeed somewhere in between (mesothermic) likely to continue for a very long time, at least young dinosaur fans can relax on the beach with a giant inflatable dinosaur to keep them company.

Microwarmer Soft Toy Dinosaurs from Everything Dinosaur

Dinosaur Soft Toys – Microwarmer Dinosaurs

Just in stock at Everything Dinosaur and timed nicely it seems with the return of cold and showery weather for most of the UK, are these super microwarmer soft toy dinosaurs.  There are three in the series, a cuddly T. rex (if you can imagine such a thing), a friendly Stegosaurus and a cute Triceratops.  These soft toys have a special pocket in their tummies, inside you will find a cloth sachet that contains linseed.  Put this sachet into the microwave to warm up and then pop it back into the dinosaur to create a super, warm and cosy soft toy dinosaur.

The Microwarmer Tyrannnosaurus rex Dinosaur Soft Toy

A soft toy that also acts as a hot water bottle.

A soft toy that also acts as a hot water bottle.

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With sales of these items supporting the Natural History Museum, mums and dads are going to like them too.  The sachet pops inside the tummy of the dinosaur and it keeps warm for quite a long time.  These microwarmer dinosaurs are so much more practical than a hot water bottle.

The Soft and Cuddly Stegosaurus in the Range

We have taken out the linseed sachet so you can see how big it is.

We have taken out the linseed sachet so you can see how big it is.

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Microwaveable dinosaur soft toys make excellent bedtime buddies for young dinosaur fans. We think these are suitable for children from three years and upwards.  A point made by one of our reviewers was that the material was not only very soft but also sensible, it is sponge washable.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of soft toy dinosaurs including microwaveable dinosaurs: Dinosaur Soft Toys

The Microwarmer Triceratops Dinosaur Soft Toy

A friendly, cute Triceratops soft toy.

A friendly, cute Triceratops soft toy.

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Each of these microwaveable soft toys measures at least twelve inches in length, the Stegosaurus is nearly fifteen inches long and they are bound to prove popular with young dinosaur fans.  Each soft toy comes with easy to follow instructions.

Microwave advice as follows (based on a microwave with a turntable and on full power)

Microwave rating 0 to 800 Watts – maximum heating time sixty seconds

Microwave rating from 801 to 1,000 Watts – maximum heating time forty-five seconds

If for any reason you heat up your linseed pouch for too long, and it becomes too hot, no need to worry, simply carefully pick up the sachet and place it on a heat-proof surface to cool down.

New Soft and Cuddly Dinosaur Backpacks from Everything Dinosaur

Soft and Cuddly Dinosaur Backpacks

The latest editions to Everything Dinosaur’s huge range of prehistoric animal themed merchandise have just been put up on line.  They are soft and cuddly dinosaur themed backpacks, one a Triceratops, the other a colourful Tyrannosaurus rex.

Measuring a generous sixty-three centimetres in length, the Triceratops has been created so that it matches other horned dinosaur soft toys currently available from Everything Dinosaur.

The Soft and Cuddly Triceratops Dinosaur Backpack

A backpack for a young dinosaur fan.

A backpack for a young dinosaur fan.

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Lightweight and very soft, this horned dinosaur themed backpack proved very popular on test with both girls and boys.  The sturdy black straps are adjustable and the backpack is comfortable to wear.  It also doubles as a handy pyjama or nightgown case for budding young palaeontologists.  The roomy zipped pouch on the back means that you can carry dinosaurs around or even slip in a snack as you go on fossil finding adventures.  Mums and dads liked the backpack too, although it is not waterproof, it is sponge washable and the cute expression on the face of this Triceratops appealed.

The Soft and Cuddly Tyrannosaurus rex Dinosaur Backpack

Proved very popular with young dinosaur fans on test.

Proved very popular with young dinosaur fans on test.

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The T. rex measures a fraction over sixty-three centimetres in length.  The colourful backpack featuring the “Tyrant Lizard King” was described as being “cute” and it represented a “happy dinosaur” according to one young reviewer.

Everything Dinosaur’s range of soft toys, including dinosaur backpacks can be found here: Dinosaur Soft Toys and Backpacks

We had some fun photographing these backpacks, they are so soft and cuddly that our photographer was reluctant to let them go but we managed to get some pictures in the end.  Even Tyrannosaurus rex refused to co-operate at one point.  We wanted to take a picture so that we could show the sturdy adjustable straps on the back, we succeeded, but it looks like our T. rex got camera shy in the photograph.

Sturdy Straps on these Dinosaur Themed Backpacks

Robust and sturdy straps on the dinosaur themed backpack.

Robust and sturdy straps on the dinosaur themed backpack.

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Sales of these two products help to support the Natural History Museum – London.

A Review of the Bullyland Lambeosaurus Dinosaur Model

Bullyland Lambeosaurus Under the Spotlight

This review is of the new for 2014 Bullyland Lambeosaurus model,  part of the company’s Museum Line prehistoric animal model range.  This is the only duck-billed dinosaur model currently available from this German manufacturer and this replica has a lot to commend it.

Lambeosaurus is one of the better known genera of hadrosaurid dinosaurs and substantial fossil remains ascribed to the Lambeosaur family have been found.  All the fossils discovered to date and related to this genus, come from North America.  In most circumstances, it is the lack of fossil material that gives palaeontologists problems when it comes to describing a new dinosaur species and working out where it fits into the dinosaur family tree. Lambeosaurus is an exception to this, as the amount of fossil material discovered has led to considerable confusion with regards to this dinosaur and to the number of species of Lambeosaurus there might have been and how closely related it is to other crested duck-billed dinosaurs.

The Bullyland Lambeosaurus Dinosaur Model

New interpretation of Lambe's lizard.

New interpretation of Lambe’s lizard.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

As these animals grew and developed, so the size and the shape of that famous “hatchet-like” crest changed.  There may also have been differences in the crest morphology between males and females.  Defining what is actually a species of Lambeosaurus is therefore a bit tricky, however, something like three species are currently recognised and the geographical range of the fossil finds suggests that these types of duck-billed dinosaur lived all along the western part of North America, from Alberta (Canada), in the north, down to New Mexico in the south.

The Bullyland Lambeosaurus is very well painted and there is lots of detail to admire.  The hatchet crest has a bumpy, roughened texture and it is painted bright red with a brown/black border.  The size and shape of the crest suggests that this model represents one of the larger species of Lambeosaurus currently recognised and that the model is a male.  The ears and nostrils can be clearly seen, little details often overlooked with inferior models.

The replica is roughly in proportion to the known fossil material and the striking blue stripe running down the model gives this Lambeosaurus a certain flamboyance.  The model makers have done a lot of work on the skin texture with some raised dermal scutes and smaller scales, these reflect what is known about Lambeosaurus as impressions of fossilised skin have been found.  The figure measures around twenty-six centimetres in length and based on a comparison with the fossil material associated with one of the bigger Lambeosaurs, Lambeosaurus magnicristatus, we estimate that the figure is in approximately 1:27 scale.  It is posed in quite a dynamic, active stance with the tail held out straight behind the body, to give the impression of movement.

A Close up of the “Hatchet Shaped” Crest

The body and the crest of this dinosaur have been given an authentic roughened texture.

The body and the crest of this dinosaur have been given an authentic roughened texture.

The Bullyland design team have taken care to depict the digits of this dinosaur.  A characteristic of the hadrosaurids is that the fingers of the hand  on the front limbs were often united, connected by skin to form a fleshy pad, whilst the toes of the hind feet could be more splayed.  It is this webbing between the fingers of the hands of this dinosaur that helped give weight to the early hypothesis that these herbivores were largely aquatic.

The model with its Front Digits United to Form a Fleshy Pad

The Museum Line Lambeosaurus with an Everything Dinosaur fact sheet.

The Museum Line Lambeosaurus with an Everything Dinosaur fact sheet.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view Everything Dinosaur’s range of Bullyland prehistoric animal models: Bullyland Dinosaurs etc.

There is much to be admired about this latest interpretation of a Lambeosaurus from Bullyland.  The model’s bright colours and dynamic pose are likely to make it a favourite amongst collectors and dinosaur fans.

How to Identify Which Fossil Find is Which

Sorting out Fossil Finds Dinosaur Excavation Kits

The fossil finds dinosaur excavation kits that Everything Dinosaur supplies are certainly very popular.  These kits include a digging tool, so that young dinosaur fans can excavate their own plastic dinosaur skeleton and experience what it is like to be a real palaeontologist.  The digging tool included is very similar to one we actually use ourselves when working around fossil bone.  There are four different types of dinosaur skeleton to collect. They are Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Stegosaurus and Triceratops.

 Everything Dinosaur Fossil Finds

Everything Dinosaur creates a banner to promote Fossil Finds.

Everything Dinosaur creates a banner to promote Fossil Finds.

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These dinosaur fossil inspired kits are very popular with teachers who use them as teaching resources in schools as well as with mums and dads who use them at dinosaur themed party gifts.  The square packaging makes them ideal for use in a pass the parcel game at a dinosaur inspired birthday party. However, the packaging on all four of the kits looks very similar and our team members at Everything Dinosaur thought it would be a good idea if we published a handy guide to identify which kit is which.

All the kits look the same from the front, this can lead to confusion as purchasers may not be sure which dinosaur fossil find they have.

A View of the Front of the Fossil Finds Packaging

Although there are four different dinosaur fossil finds in the series they all look the same from the front.

Although there are four different dinosaur fossil finds in the series they all look the same from the front.

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All the fronts of the boxes feature a Tyrannosaurus rex themed fact.  The fact states that this apex predator probably ate around seventy-five kilogrammes of meat a day, the equivalent of 1,500 sausages.  Customers of Everything Dinosaur might think that all the fossil finds that they have bought feature the same skeleton inside.  All is not lost, here is how to determine which dinosaur is actually in each kit.

To determine which fossil find excavation kit you have, turn the box over and look at the back.  In the bottom corner above the product’s bar code, the name of the dinosaur featured inside will be shown.

Turn the Kit over and Look at the Printing on the Back

The name of the dinosaur whose skeleton is featured in the kit can be seen just above the bar code.

The name of the dinosaur whose skeleton is featured in the kit can be seen just above the bar code.

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We have highlighted in red where the dinosaur’s name is printed.  All the kits have similar printing on the back of the box too, but the name of the dinosaur featured should be clearly displayed.

There is another way to check, if you look on the top of the box, illustrations of the four dinosaur skeletons in this series are shown.  There should be a tick or mark in the circle next to the skeleton illustration to indicate which dinosaur is in the kit, although we at Everything Dinosaur recommend you check the printing on the back of the box as sometimes this “check mark” is difficult to make out.

The Top of the Box Should Provide Guidance as to Which Dinosaur is in Each Kit

A tick or mark in the white circle identifies the dinosaur skeleton in the box.

A tick or mark in the white circle identifies the dinosaur skeleton in the box.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the picture above we have highlighted the “check mark” area to help customers find the information they are looking for.

To view the range of educational prehistoric animal themed skeleton kits available from Everything Dinosaur: Fossil Finds Dinosaur Excavation Kit Collection

All the kits we supply in this fossil finds range are sent out with a dinosaur fact sheet which provides more information about the dinosaur the kit represents.  Hopefully, this article will help our customers to sort out which fossil find kit is which and save any confusion when preparing a lesson plan for use in school or when getting ready for a dinosaur themed birthday party or some other event.

Colourful Dinosaur Soft Toys

Blue Tyrannosaurus rex, Green Stegosaurus and a Red Spinosaurus

Lots of happy customers who love the recently introduced colourful range of dinosaur soft toys.  Team members have been receiving praise for this range of large dino themed plush and the accompanying baby dinosaurs that go with them.

Colourful Soft Toy Dinosaurs

Dinosaur soft toys available in two sizes

Dinosaur soft toys available in two sizes

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We are not sure whether its their super soft textures or perhaps it is the bright colours, after all, who can resist a crimson Spinosaurus.  The large dino soft toys are around forty-eight centimetres in length, whilst the matching baby dinosaurs are in the region of thirty centimetres tall.  Naturally, every dinosaur soft toy we sell at Everything Dinosaur is sent out with its very own dinosaur fact sheet telling you all about the dinosaur that the plush is based on.

Large dinosaur soft toys: Large Dino Soft Toys

Baby dinosaur soft toys: Baby Dinosaur Soft Toys

That reminds us we must print off some more fact sheets about Stegosaurus.

Soft Toy Dinosaurs Proving Quite a Hit this Spring

Children playing with super soft dinosaurs.

Children playing with super soft dinosaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

We were told by one young dinosaur fan that her green Stegosaurus was very friendly, her brother liked the blue Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur soft toy best.

A Review of the Wild Safari Dinosaurs Suchomimus Dinosaur Model

Suchomimus Dinosaur Model Reviewed

A new addition to the Wild Safari Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life model series is an updated replica of the East African Spinosaurid known as Suchomimus.  The name means “crocodile mimic” as the long, narrow jaws of this predatory dinosaur reminded palaeontologists of the jaws of Nile Crocodiles, however, the design team of Safari Ltd have carried the crocodile analogy further by giving their model typical crocodilian skin texture.  Perhaps this is appropriate, as although skin impressions are not known for this genus, Suchomimus probably did spend a lot of its time in and around water just like today’s crocodiles.

The first fossils of this dinosaur , a two-thirds complete specimen with substantial skull material was discovered by an expedition to the Tegama Group Beds of the Elrhaz Formation of Niger in 1997.  In the 1970s, in the same region, fragmentary fossils of the jaws and claw of a large dinosaur had been discovered.  These fossils, now part of the collection of the Natural History Museum of Paris, probably relate to Suchomimus as well.

The design team at Safari Ltd have taken care to accurately reflect the fossil material, from what is one of the better known  of all the Spinosaurs.  For example,  the lower dorsal and sacral vertebrae (vertebrae over the hips) had extended neural spines, so this dinosaur probably had a raised hump over its lower back.  This can be seen in the model with a raised area over the hips.

A Picture of the Wild Safari Dinosaurs Suchomimus

Suchomimus Dinosaur Model.

Suchomimus Dinosaur Model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Safari Ltd

The shoulder blade and the arm bones of Suchomimus are particularly well-developed.  Muscle attachment scars preserved on these bones suggest that this dinosaur had very strong, powerful arms and shoulders.  This replica mirrors the fossil evidence, the arms are indeed big and robust, however,  when the three fingered claws are examined, the first digit claw is not noticeably bigger than the other two.  Many palaeontologists believe that in common with other Spinosaurids the first claw, the thumb claw, was larger than the other two claws on each hand.

The model measures officially about twenty centimetres in length, although as both the neck and tail are curved the model measures nearly 23cm when these features are taken into account.  It is not really possible to give a scale for this replica, as the only significant fossil material found to date represents an individual dinosaur who although around 11 metres in length was not fully grown.  Scientists are not sure how big this Spinosaur could grow to, but maximum size estimates of around 14 metres have been proposed.

To view Everything Dinosaur’s stock of Wild Safari Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Models including Wild Safari Dinos

This Wild Safari Dinos Suchomimus has been very well painted.  The topside and limbs have been coloured dark green, which contrasts nicely with the sandy coloured flanks, jaws and underside.  This updated version of a member of the Spinosauridae is a wonderful addition to the Wild Safari Dinosaurs model range.

Inflatable Dinosaurs from Everything Dinosaur

Inflatable Dinosaur from Everything Dinosaur

An inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex to make young dinosaur fans roar with excitement and swish their tails with delight.  As part of Everything Dinosaur’s commitment to its customers, the company’s team members have been busy sourcing and testing a huge range of new items for the website.  So far over twenty new products have been added this month, with much more promised in the run up to Christmas.

The Inflatable T. rex

Just add air for some prehistoric fun

Just add air for some prehistoric fun

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Standing an impressive 76 centimetres tall, this inflatable Tyrannosaurid has proved to be very popular on test.  Aimed at children from three years and upwards it makes a wonderful accessory for an aspiring palaeontologist. Remarking on some of the more unusual uses of an inflatable dinosaur, a spokes person from Everything Dinosaur explained that they had supplied some T. rex inflatables to a rally club which was having a fancy dress event. Several members wanted to convert their vehicles into “stone age mobiles” and this inflatable, of perhaps the most famous dinosaur of all, was just what they needed to add the final flourishes to their cars.

To view the Tyrannosaurus rex inflatable and other items in Everything Dinosaur’s party products range: Dinosaur Themed Party Supplies

As one young dinosaur fan exclaimed “it was like having a baby dinosaur in the house, one that was nearly as tall as me.”

Just add air to create your very own dinosaur fun.

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