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25 06, 2019

New Papo Colour Variant Stegosaurus in Stock

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New Papo Colour Variant Stegosaurus in Stock

The new for 2019 Papo Stegosaurus (colour variant) is in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  This repainted figure, is an update on the classical Papo Stegosaurus, (product code 55007), which was one of the very first prehistoric animals to be added to the company’s “Les Dinosaures” model range.

The Stunning Papo Stegosaurus (New Colour Variant)

Papo Stegosaurus (new colour variant).

Papo Stegosaurus (new colour variant) 2019.  This is a picture taken by an Everything Dinosaur team member to highlight the spectacular colour scheme on the new for 2019 Papo Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To purchase the new for 2019 Papo Stegosaurus and the other models and figures in the Papo range: Papo Prehistoric Animal Models

A Makeover for the Papo Stegosaurus

The sculpt is as per the original Papo Stegosaurus figure but the model has been completely re-painted with the characteristic plates on the back and running down to the tail an almost “blood red” colour. This works well with the countershading highlighted on the figure’s body and the overlying dark stripes that provide a reticulation-like effect.  As collectors would expect from a Papo figure, the painting is excellent and the detailing around the open beak and the eye is particularly remarkable.  Eagle-eyed readers will observe tiny round spots of lighter paint in amongst the darker stripes, a nice touch from the design team at Papo.

The “Classic” Papo Stegosaurus and the New for 2019 Version

Two Papo Stegosaurus figures.

The “classic” Papo Stegosaurus (left) and the new for 2019 Papo Stegosaurus (right).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are not certain about the future of the original Papo Stegosaurus figure.  It, for the moment is included in the latest 2019 collector’s booklet and the main Papo catalogue.  However, we note that earlier this year, Papo introduced a new colour variant Allosaurus model and this new figure has effectively replaced the original Allosaurus.  The first Allosaurus model to be made by Papo has been withdrawn from catalogues and company promotional materials.  If we receive news about the original Papo Stegosaurus we will make sure we post this information up onto our social media sites to help keep everybody informed.”

A Stunning New Stegosaurus Dinosaur Model from Papo

A new Papo Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

The new for 2019 Papo Stegosaurus dinosaur model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

More Papo Models Coming Soon

The new colour variant Papo Stegosaurus is the third new figure to be introduced this year, it follows the brown running Tyrannosaurus rex and the new version of the Papo Allosaurus that was mentioned earlier.  There are still two figures to come, the eagerly awaited Papo Pentaceratops and the Papo Gorgosaurus, both figures are expected to be in stock at Everything Dinosaur soon.

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24 06, 2019

A Dinosaur Model Fan Draws Carnotaurus

By | June 24th, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

Illustrating Carnotaurus

Yesterday, we featured a drawing of a Smilodon which was inspired by the Papo Smilodon (Sabre-toothed cat) model.  Today, we feature another prehistoric animal illustration inspired by a Papo figure, but from a different artist.  Ian very kindly sent into us a pencil sketch of the Papo Carnotaurus dinosaur model and what a splendid illustration it is!

Illustrating a Carnotaurus

An illustration of Carnotaurus sastrei.

A beautiful illustration of the abelisaurid dinosaur Carnotaurus.

Picture Credit: Ian

A Late Cretaceous Hunter

Carnotaurus (C. sastrei), was a very bizarre and atypical carnivorous dinosaur.  It is known from a single, well-preserved specimen from Upper Cretaceous strata (Argentina).  Measuring around eight metres in length, this meat-eater was relatively lightly built, with a slender jaw, bull-like horns above its eyes and proportionately long legs.  At the time of its scientific description by the Argentinian palaeontologist José Bonaparte, very little was known about the enigmatic Abelisauridae, however, something like twenty abelisaurids have been named and described to date.  Although Carnotaurus was one of the first abelisaurids to be named, it is not a very good representative of the group.  The skull is extremely short and blunt and it has very different proportions when compared to the skulls of other abelisaurids.  It has been suggested that Carnotaurus was a very specialised hunter attacking small, fast-running (cursorial) dinosaurs.

Ian’s illustration has been heavily influenced by the Papo Carnotaurus dinosaur model (see below), can you see the resemblance?

The Papo Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model

Papo Carnotaurus

With an articulated lower jaw – Papo Carnotaurus.  Helping to inspire talented artists.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our thanks once again to Ian for sending in such a splendid illustration, of what is one of the most peculiar of all the theropod dinosaurs described to date.

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23 06, 2019

Illustrating a Papo Smilodon

By | June 23rd, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal Drawings, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page|0 Comments

Illustrating a Papo Sabre-Toothed Cat

Our thanks to Maurizio for sending into us a beautiful illustration of the Papo Smilodon model.  We have been lucky to have received several drawings from Maurizio in the past but this is the first illustration of a prehistoric mammal that we have been sent.

Maurizio’s Smilodon (Sabre-Toothed Cat) Drawing

Papo Smilodon model illustrated.

An illustration of the Papo Smilodon model.

Picture Credit: Maurizio

Our thanks to Maurizio for sending in this drawing, we were able to recognise which model the drawing represents, we have posted up a picture of the actual Papo Smilodon figure (see below).

The Papo Smilodon Figure

Papo Smilodon.

Papo Smilodon from Everything Dinosaur

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In Maurizio’s illustration the cat has its claws out ready for action, Smilodon, like most species of big cat were able to retract their claws, the exception in the big cat family is the Cheetah (Acinonyx spp.), Cheetahs can only partially retract their claws.  The genus name “Acinonyx” is an approximate translation from two Greek words that together mean “immobile claws”.

To read more about the claws of Smilodon spp.: The Claws of Sabre-Tooth Cats – Were They Tree Climbers?

Our thanks once again to Maurizio for taking the time and the trouble to send into us a wonderful drawing of a Smilodon.

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22 06, 2019

Spotting an Archaeopteryx

By | June 22nd, 2019|Adobe CS5, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Spotting an Archaeopteryx

Whilst on a brief visit to the National Museum of Wales (Cardiff), an Everything Dinosaur team member spotted a model of the famous “first bird” Archaeopteryx.  One of the unusual features of many museums is the lack of lighting in the galleries.  Try as we might, we could not get a good photograph of this Archaeopteryx (A. lithographica) replica.  We have posted up the best image that we could get of this important animal, fossils of which have been subject to scientific scrutiny for over 150 years.

The Archaeopteryx Model Spotted in the National Museum of Wales

Archaeopteryx in a museum exhibit.

An Archaeopteryx (A. lithographica) model on display.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Behind the carefully crafted and approximately life-sized model, there is a representation of a typical Archaeopteryx fossil specimen from the Solnhofen limestone.  We suspect that the fossil replica is a representation of the famous “Berlin specimen”, which remains one of the most complete fossil specimens of the “Urvogel” known to science.

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21 06, 2019

A New Species of Australian Prehistoric Crocodile is Announced

By | June 21st, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Main Page, Photos/Pictures of Fossils|0 Comments

Isisfordia molnari – A New Species of Australian Crocodile from the Cretaceous

Researchers from the University of New England (New South Wales), Queensland University and the Australian Opal Centre have described a new species of prehistoric crocodile.  The Cretaceous-aged croc has been named Isisfordia molnari, it is the second species described within the Isisfordia genus, both are known from Australia, although I. duncani, which was named in 2006, heralds from the Winton Formation of Queensland, whilst the new species I. molnari, comes from the geologically younger Griman Creek Formation of New South Wales.

A Life Reconstruction of the Newly Described Prehistoric Crocodile Isisfordia molnari

Isisfordia life reconstruction.

Isisfordia molnari life reconstruction.  A wading Sauropod has nothing to fear from I. molnari.

Picture Credit: José Vitor Silva

Honouring Ralph Molnar

The trivial name honours vertebrate palaeontologist Ralph Molnar, in recognition of his contribution to the research on crocodylomorphs from Gondwana.  Molnar was one of the researchers responsible for the naming of Isisfordia duncani back in 2006.  The new species has been erected based on a partial braincase and a fragment of jawbone (maxilla).  Both fossils have been opalised and come from the Lightning Ridge area, but their exact provenance remains uncertain.  The fossil jaw fragment had previously been designated as the holotype of Crocodylus (Bottosaurus) selaslophensis, but has, following a review, been assigned to this new species.  This piece of jawbone complete with six teeth in situ had been donated to the Australian Museum in 1914.  The partial braincase is probably a much more recent find, it was purchased by the Australian Museum in the early part of this century.

Photographs and Line Drawings of the Braincase of Isisfordia molnari

Isisfordia molnari braincase.

Photographs and line drawings of the braincase of Isisfordia molnari.  (A, B) dorsal, (C, D) ventral, (E, F) caudal, (G, H) rostral, (I, J) right lateral and (K, L) left lateral views.

Picture Credit: PeerJ

The Fragment of Upper Jawbone Assigned to the Newly Erected Species (I. molnari)

Jaw fragment (Isisfordia molnari).

A fragment of jawbone now assigned to Isisfordia molnari.  Arrows indicate rostral end ((A) medial, (B) lateral, (C) palatal views).

Picture Credit: PeerJ

The scientific paper: “Isisfordia molnari sp. nov., a new basal eusuchian from the mid-Cretaceous of Lightning Ridge, Australia” by Lachlan J. Hart, Phil R. Bell, Elizabeth T. Smith and Steven W. Salisbury published in PeerJ.

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20 06, 2019

Dinosaur Drawings and Letters from Year 2 (Great Wood Primary School)

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Dinosaur Drawings and Letters from Year 2 (Great Wood Primary School)

Our thanks to the budding scientists at Great Wood Primary School in Morecambe (Lancashire), who sent into our offices some wonderful dinosaur illustrations and a set of beautifully written letters explaining how much they enjoyed their recent dinosaur workshop with one of our team members.  As part of our extension activity suggestions with the Year 2 classes we challenged them to design their very own prehistoric animal.  We received lots of amazing dinosaur designs.

A Selection of Letters from the Children – Some Featured Illustrations of Imaginary Prehistoric Animals

Letters from Year 2 children.

A selection of letters received from the eager young palaeontologists at Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe, Lancashire).

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe)

Writing Thank You Letters

The teachers very kindly sent in thank you letters that the children had written.  Writing a thank you letter to Everything Dinosaur is a great way for the teaching team to check learning and understanding following a recounting activity.  This letter writing exercise helps young learners practice sentence sequencing, planning their composition, as well as spelling and the layout and format of a letter.  The children can also read their letters out aloud as part of a further teaching activity within the classroom.

A Very Colourful Dinosaur Design with Lots of Wonderful Labels

Year 2 children draw dinosaurs.

A very colourful prehistoric animal produced by a Year 2 child at Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe).

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe)

Children Produced Letters and Drawings

Dinosaur drawing and letter, Year 2.

Jessica’s dinosaur drawing and letter (Year 2 at Great Wood Primary School).

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe)

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We try to provide additional teaching resources when we visit a school to deliver a dinosaur themed workshop.  In addition, during our workshop with the class the opportunity often arises to challenge the children to produce a piece of work, such as their very own dinosaur design or to write a thank you letter.  In this way, we are providing extension ideas to the teaching team and supporting the teacher’s scheme of work.”

A Very Spiky Dinosaur Design

Dinosaur illustration from Stacey (Year 2).

Stacy chose to draw a green, armoured dinosaur with a very spiky tail.

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe)

Our thanks once again to the teaching team and the children in Year 2 at Great Wood Primary School for taking the time and trouble to send into us examples of their work.  Congratulations to you all!

Dinosaurs with Spiky Tails was a Common Characteristic Amongst the Children’s Dinosaur Designs

Dinosaur illustration (Alice in Year 2)

A colourful dinosaur drawing from Alice in Year 2 at Great Wood Primary School).

Picture Credit: Great Wood Primary School (Morecambe)

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19 06, 2019

A Customised CollectA Edaphosaurus

By | June 19th, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

A Customised CollectA Edaphosaurus

More pictures have been sent into Everything Dinosaur showing how a prehistoric animal model can be made into a truly unique piece.  Our thanks once again to model and figure collector Elizabeth who gave us access to some photographs of her recently customised CollectA Edaphosaurus replica.  Having purchased the figure from Everything Dinosaur, the model was dispatched to professional model maker Martin Garratt for a custom makeover.  We think the results are awesome!

The Customised CollectA Edaphosaurus Model

CollectA Edaphosaurus on a custom-made base.

A customised CollectA Edaphosaurus replica.

Picture Credit: Elizabeth

Presented on a Base

As well as carrying out a spectacular paintjob on the figure, Martin has constructed a base complete with representatives of Permian vegetation to help make this herbivorous synapsid feel at home.

Fine Details on the Custom-made Base (CollectA Edaphosaurus)

A customised CollectA Edaphosaurus.

A customised CollectA Edaphosaurus replica.  A clear view of the fine detailing on the base.

Picture Credit: Elizabeth

Presenting a prehistoric animal figure on a base allows the model maker to add an extra dimension to the project and provides fine details and finishing touches.

A View of the Skilfully Painted Tail of the Edaphosaurus Model

The tail of the customised CollectA Edaphosaurus.

A customised CollectA Edaphosaurus replica.  A close-up view of the tail.

Picture Credit: Elizabeth

Commenting on her figure, collector Elizabeth stated:

“I love the way Martin [Martin Garratt] graded the colour on the tail.”

Painting the Throat of a Pelycosaur

CollectA have stated that they intend to introduce more models of animals that lived during the Palaeozoic into their figure range.  The Edaphosaurus follows on from a beautifully crafted Dimetrodon figure that came out last year.  Thanks to Elizabeth’s photographs we can all appreciate the work that has gone into creating this stunning Edaphosaurus.

A View of the Carefully Painted Throat of the CollectA Edaphosaurus Model

A beautifully painted throat (CollectA Edaphosaurus).

A customised CollectA Edaphosaurus replica.  A closer view of that beautifully painted throat that really brings out the detailed scales on the CollectA figure.

Picture Credit: Elizabeth

Model collector Elizabeth added:

“I tried to get underneath him to show the lovely work on his throat and the spots on his cheek”.

Your efforts are greatly appreciated, these close-up views highlight the excellent brush work as well as showcasing the wonderful scale texture that CollectA have incorporated into their model.

The CollectA Model Viewed from the Side

Detailing on the sail - CollectA Edaphosaurus.

A customised CollectA Edaphosaurus replica.  Note the washes used to highlight the sail and to provide a wet-look to the model.

Picture Credit: Elizabeth

The Off-the-Shelf CollectA Edaphosaurus Model

CollectA Edaphosaurus model.

The CollectA 1:20 scale Edaphosaurus model.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Our thanks once again to Elizabeth for sharing her pictures of the customised Edaphosaurus with us.  To view the CollectA Edaphosaurus and other prehistoric animal figure models in this series: CollectA Prehistoric Life Figures and Replicas.

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18 06, 2019

Limited Edition Papo Spinosaurus – Further Update

By | June 18th, 2019|Adobe CS5, Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Photos of Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Limited Edition Papo Spinosaurus – Further Update

At Everything Dinosaur, we try our best to keep model collectors and fans of dinosaur figures up to date with developments in the industry.  One of the most eagerly anticipated dinosaur models in years, the limited edition Papo Spinosaurus, has been subject to further delays and it is not likely to be in stock until October (October 2019).

The Limited Edition Papo Spinosaurus – Expected October 2019

Limited edition Papo Spinosaurus (October 2019).

The limited edition Papo Spinosaurus is now expected in October 2019.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In Stock October 2019

At a recent meeting with senior Papo team members, Everything Dinosaur pressed for an update on the new for 2019 prehistoric animal figures due to be added to the company’s “Les Dinosaures” range.  Prior to this most recent meeting, Everything Dinosaur had been informed that this figure was due to be launched in August/September.  We put out a release about this at the beginning of this month (June 2019), however, according to the latest information, the figure’s production and painting has been subject to further delays and this figure is not due to be released until October.

Papo Spinosaurus – An Eagerly Anticipated Dinosaur Model

Papo Spinosaurus (limited edition dinosaur model).

Papo Spinosaurus spotted at a trade show.  Papo Spinosaurus (limited edition dinosaur model).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“We are working closely with Papo to ensure that production of these figures runs as smoothly as possible, Papo want to produce a truly spectacular dinosaur model and have been working hard to manage the production process.  As soon as we have further information about this eagerly anticipated prehistoric animal replica we will ensure that this information is posted up onto this blog and our various other social media platforms.”

Production Samples

During a very productive meeting with Papo, a number of important issues were discussed.  It is likely that the first production samples will be available late July, these will come straight from the factory and team members at Everything Dinosaur will be able to examine them and to post up further information and pictures.  At least that is the plan, but with a complicated large figure such as this Spinosaurus (it measures more than forty centimetres in length), some further delays could occur.

We are able to confirm that this figure will be provided in a special presentation box and the model will stand nearly seventeen centimetres tall (measuring the height of the sail).

Tale of the Tape – Papo Spinosaurus

The actual Papo Spinosaurus (S. aegyptiacus) measurements are:

length = 40.3 cm, width 10.5 cm and height (height of sail) 16.5 cm.

The new colour variant Papo Stegosaurus model is expected to arrive at the Everything Dinosaur warehouse very shortly, with the Pentaceratops and the Gorgosaurus models to follow later.

To view the range of Papo figures currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Papo Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

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17 06, 2019

Dinosaur “Fossil Wall” Discovered in South-western China

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Treasure Trove of Dinosaur Fossils Discovered

Reports have been circulating from a number of Chinese media outlets concerning the discovery of an extensive fossil bed containing the remains of numerous dinosaurs in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality.  The fossil site has been known about for several years but there have been a number of reports this week circulating, hinting at the extent of the fossil discovery and indeed, suggesting that it is very likely that as a result of excavation work, new species of dinosaur will be named and described.

An Extensive Dinosaur Bonebed

Mapping and excavating a fossil site.

Excavating an extensive fossil deposit.

Picture Credit: VCG

The photograph (above), shows a Chinese field team member working on the “wall of dinosaur fossils”.  The site of the fossil find is described as a location close to Laojun village, Pu’an town, in Yunyang county.

New Dinosaur Species

The press reports state that scientists have identified different types of dinosaurs including theropods and basal ornithopods.  The disarticulated remains represent a bone accumulation and the strata is reported to be around 174 million years old (Aalenian faunal stage of the Middle Jurassic).  Commentators have described these fossil beds as very significant and likely to lead to the naming of new dinosaur species.

An Illustration of a Typical Basal Ornithopod

A typical ornithopod.

A typical example of a basal ornithopod.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Four Thousand Individual Fossil Pieces

The mixed fossil assemblage has already provided researchers with around 4,000 pieces of dinosaur bone to study, since the site was first explored and mapped in 2017.

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“The site has been described as exceeding 150 metres in length with at least 17 distinct assemblages of fossils within it.  Not much is known about the dinosaur biota from the earliest stages of the Middle Jurassic.  Once all the bones have been removed, prepared and studied it is very likely that several new species of dinosaur will be announced.  These dinosaurs will help palaeontologists to map the radiation and dispersal of several key groups of dinosaurs that were to dominate terrestrial ecosystems for the remainder of the Jurassic.”

The Famous Dinosaur Monument (Utah)

The famous Dinosaur Monument (Utah).

The Dinosaur Monument (Utah).

The extensive fossil material could become China’s equivalent of America’s Dinosaur Monument in Utah.  The Dinosaur Monument represents a congregation of dinosaur fossils that accumulated in a river deposit.  Whilst similarities can be drawn between the two sites, the Chongqing Municipality deposits are approximately 25 million years older.

Perhaps, this could be China’s second “Great Wall”.

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16 06, 2019

Biggest Elasmosaur Known to Science

By | June 16th, 2019|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Main Page|0 Comments

Giant Elasmosaurs from Antarctica

An scientific paper published in the academic journal “Cretaceous Research” details the remarkable discovery of a huge elasmosaurid plesiosaur from Upper Cretaceous deposits located on Seymour Island in Antarctica.  The specimen, ascribed to the Aristonectes genus is estimated to have measured around 11 metres in length and could have weighed as much as fifteen tonnes.   The strata from which the fossil material was collected is believed to have been laid down towards the end of the Cretaceous, thus this fossil discovery indicates that very large elasmosaurs were around towards the very end of the Mesozoic.

A Life Reconstruction of a Typical Elasmosaurid Marine Reptile

A typical Elasmosaurus model.

Late Cretaceous elasmosaurid from Seymour Island (Antarctica).

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Seymour Island – Helping to Map Marine Fauna at the Very End of the Cretaceous

The exposed sediments on the inhospitable and remote Seymour Island provide palaeontologists with the opportunity to study life that existed at the very end of the age of dinosaurs and the sequence of exposed rocks covers the transition from the end Cretaceous extinction event into the Palaeogene.  The occurrence of this specimen, located approximately 2.3 metres or less below the Cretaceous-Palaeogene (K/Pg) boundary, suggests the persistence of these types of plesiosaurs (aristonectines), at high latitudes and also it verifies their chronostratigraphical distribution until the end Cretaceous, before the mass extinction the resulted in the loss of all marine reptiles with the exception of marine turtles.

This is not the first giant, marine reptile to be found on Seymour Island…

To read an article from 2016 which describes the discovery of the remains of a giant Mosasaur marine reptile in Maastrichtian-aged deposits on Seymour Island: An Apex Marine Predator from the Late Cretaceous of Antarctica

The fossil material (MLP 89-III-3-1), consisting of disarticulated post-cranial elements most probably representing an individual animal, comes from the uppermost Maastrichtian levels of the López de Bertodano Formation, Seymour Island (sometimes referred to as Marambio Island), Antarctica.  The research team members conclude that this specimen is amongst the largest elasmosaurids known.

A field team found the first evidence of this animal back in 1989, but at the time, the team lacked the resources to excavate the specimen.  Subsequent expeditions to the fossil site in 2005, 2012 and 2017 led to the removal of some 800 kilograms of fossil bones.

Large Elasmosaurids Thrived in High Latitudes at the End of the Cretaceous

Elasmosaur persisted at high latitudes.

Elasmosaurs illustrated.  Large elasmosaurids persisted at high latitudes (Antarctica and within the Arctic Circle).

Picture Credit: James Havens

Co-author of the scientific paper, José O’Gorman of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, commented that for years the researchers were not sure whether the fossils represented an elasmosaurid or something else, the animal is described as a “weird plesiosaur.”

The large size of this specimen coupled with the giant mosasaur fossils known from this locality suggest that these waters were highly productive and able to support a variety of megafauna.  These conditions are likely to have persisted until the K/Pg mass extinction.  Although, the animal has not been given a formal, binomial scientific name, the researchers conclude that it has affinities with the Aristonectinae, a sub-family within the Elasmosauridae.

The scientific paper: “A giant elasmosaurid (Sauropterygia; Plesiosauria) from Antarctica: New information on elasmosaurid body size diversity and aristonectine evolutionary scenarios” by
J.P. O’Gorman, S. Santillana, R. Otero and M. Reguero published in the journal Cretaceous Research.

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