Deinotherium in our Boardroom

By | June 13th, 2012|Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Press Releases|0 Comments

Rare Bullyland Prehistoric Animal and People Models Arrive

All hands to the pump!  The rare Bullyland models have arrived and we have been busy unpacking them and sorting them in the Everything Dinosaur warehouse.  Just time to take some pictures of the models, many of which, as they had been retired for years, we have not seen for a very long time.

Take for example, the Deinotherium replica, or as Bullyland themselves call it; the “tusked elephant”.  This is a beautiful, hand-painted model of this prehistoric member of the elephant family.

Bullyland Prehistoric World Deinotherium Model

“Terrible Beast” arrives

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

Deinotherium tusks, unlike those of many other types of elephants, including those of extant species alive today, grew from their lower jaws.  African elephants and Asian elephants in contrast have tusks that are modified incisors from the upper jaw.  Together with its short trunk the tusks of Deinotherium were used to strip bark of trees.   Many species of Deinotherium are synonymous with locations where early hominid remains have been discovered.  Fossil teeth and tusks have been found throughout East Africa, including famous early hominid fossil locations such as Olduvai Gorge, Lake Turkana and Laetoli.

To view the Bullyand models available from Everything Dinosaur: Bullyland Prehistoric Animal Models

These were large and powerful animals, which, when fully grown had no natural predators.  They were browsers of vegetation and not grazers like the Mammoths.  The males were larger than the females with the biggest, weighing around six tonnes and standing over four metres high at the shoulder.

It is great to see some of the long-retired Bullyland models once again.