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8 02, 2015

Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animals Now in Stock

By | February 8th, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Press Releases|0 Comments

Everything Dinosaur Adds 2015 Safari Ltd Models to Its Range

It has been a very busy few days for team members at Everything Dinosaur.  No sooner have we added the first of the new Schleich models for 2015 to our web store, then the Safari Ltd stock arrives.  Everything Dinosaur will be stocking all five of the new Safari Ltd replicas, including the 1:10 scale feathered Velociraptor model which is the only new Carnegie Collectibles dinosaur model for this year (Carnegie Collectibles Velociraptor).  Joining the very colourful Velociraptor will be four new replicas in the not-to-scale Wild Safari Dinos series, namely Archaeopteryx, Sauropelta, Nasutoceratops and a magnificent feathered Yutyrannus.

In Stock at Everything Dinosaur – New Prehistoric Animal Models from Safari Ltd

Now available from Everything Dinosaur.

Now available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

To view these new models and the rest of the Safari Ltd range stocked by Everything Dinosaur: Safari Ltd Prehistoric Animal Models

Each of these new additions to our huge range of prehistoric animal models will be supplied with a fact sheet.  All our fact sheets are painstakingly researched and written by our own dinosaur experts, these fact sheets even include a scale drawing showing the size of that particular prehistoric animal.   The Archaeopteryx has plumage that reflects recent research into the potential colour of “ancient wing’s” feathers.

To read an article related to the colour of Archaeopteryx: Archaeopteryx – Back in Black

The Sauropelta model, represents one of the better known of the Nodosaurids.  The long tail is very well crafted as is the bony armour and spikes.  At around eight metres in length, it would have been a very brave pack of Deinonychus that would have wanted to tackle one of these “living tanks”.

The Nasutoceratops, (the new horned dinosaur model), was actually smaller than Sauropelta.  Its fossils are also associated with the western United States (southern Utah) but it actually lived much later in the Cretaceous.  To read an article about the discovery of Nasutoceratops: Say Hello to “Large Nose Horned Face.”  It was a heavy, stocky herbivore, quite at home in the tropical habitat of the landmass known as Laramidia (Campanian faunal stage).

Last but not least, there is a replica of the Chinese feathered Tyrannosaur known as Yutyrannus (Y. huali).  This must be one of the most eagerly anticipated dinosaur models for a very long time, a feathered tyrannosaurid.

The Wild Safari Dinos Yutyrannus Dinosaur Model

Available from Everything Dinosaur in 2015.

Available from Everything Dinosaur in 2015.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur/Safari Ltd

The shaggy coat of feathers are very well depicted on this dinosaur model.  To read an article about the naming and describing of this Tyrannosaur from northern China: One Tonne Basal Tyrannosaurid

A couple of months ago, we made a short video paying tribute to the new models being introduced in 2015 by Safari Ltd.  The video is our homage to the new Safari Ltd models (video is 37 seconds in length).

Paying Tribute to the New for 2015 Prehistoric Animal Models

Video credit: Everything Dinosaur

A spokesperson from Everything Dinosaur commented:

“It is great to have these new prehistoric animal models from Safari Ltd to our model range.  Everything Dinosaur now stocks over one hundred different models from Safari Ltd and we look forward to adding even more replicas and figures in the coming years”.

7 02, 2015

The Prehistoric Animals of Jurassic World – Mosasaurus

By | February 7th, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Movie Reviews and Movie News|2 Comments

The Mighty Mosasaurus – A Little Too Mighty!

With around 120 days or so until the premier of the long-awaited film, “Jurassic World”, the fourth in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, we thought that it would be a bit of fun to comment on the various prehistoric animals and other critters that are likely to feature in this movie.  In this occasional series, we shall take a look at the rather eclectic range of cloned creatures that inhabit the theme park based on the tear drop shaped island Isla Nublar.

First up, one of the attractions at the centre of the Jurassic World theme park, and a new addition to the catalogue of prehistoric animals featured in the franchise, is Mosasaurus.

Mosasaurus Feeding on a Shark

Come and see the Mosasaur.

Come and see the Mosasaur.

Picture Credit: Jurassic World

Clearly, with a nod towards the Killer Whales seen at the Sea World theme parks, InGen part of Masrani Global, have added giant marine reptiles to their genetic portfolio. Quite how they have managed to get hold of the DNA of a Mosasaurus remains a bit of a mystery, but hey ho, it’s only pretend.

The tank housing the Mosasaurus (a female), contains 11,000,000 litres of presumably sea water, since the majority of Mosasaurs were marine animals.  That is the equivalent of 2.4 million imperial gallons, an impressively sized aquarium, but around half the size of the existing Killer Whale pool at San Diego Sea World.  Sea World has received a lot of criticism over the size of their Orca aquaria and recently it was announced that plans were in place to build a much bigger habitat at San Diego.  The plans include a number of ideas to enrich the Killer Whale’s environment, the larger brained Cetaceans would require much greater stimulation than the Mosasaurs with their close phylogenetic affinity to snakes and lizards.

That’s right, Mosasaurs belong to the Order Squamata (snakes and lizards), Mosasaurus was named and described back in 1822 following the scientific study of fossils found in a chalk quarry near Maastricht, Holland.  A number of species of Mosasaurus have been described and scientists believe that the Mosasauridae evolved from land-dwelling lizards sometime in the Late Cretaceous (estimated to have evolved around ninety million years ago).  They thrived for twenty-five million years with a number of species becoming apex marine predators, the largest of which could have exceeded eighteen metres in length.  This group died out in the End Cretaceous extinction event that also saw the demise of the dinosaurs.  As far as we at Everything Dinosaur know, the Mosasaurs, as part of the taxonomic Superfamily Mosasauroidea, are the most recent Superfamily associated with the Order Squamata to have become extinct.

The Mosasaurus as Depicted on the Jurassic World Website

The Mosasaurus from Jurassic World

The Mosasaurus from Jurassic World

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

In the information provided about the “Mosasaurus Feeding Show”, this creature is fed every two hours, that’s a lot considering that, like their living relatives the Monitor Lizards, these reptiles were probably cold-blooded and could  have survived for long periods without eating much at all.   The feeding time must be more like “snack time” for the Mosasaurus, although in the much viewed Jurassic World trailer, the Mosasaurus is depicted leaping out of the water to swallow whole what looks like a Great White Shark!

As for the size of the Mosasaurus in the movie, there has been a lot of comment about this already.  The animal looks enormous in the trailer, but like a number of other marine reptiles, palaeontologists have got their shrink rays to work on the fossil material.  Previous estimates for a number of marine reptiles have been re-sized downwards in recent years.  In the picture in which Mosasaurus is seen leaping out of the water to feed on a shark, if we estimate the size of the shark at three metres long, then the Mosasaurus is easily upwards of twenty-five metres in length.  So far as the fossil record goes, the biggest Mosasaurus could have reached lengths of a little over half this size.  Other types of Mosasaur, the likes of Hainosaurus may have been bigger, but even at thirteen metres a Mosasaurus would have been a frightening prospect.

Estimating the Sizes of Extinct and Extant Marine Predators

A "rough guide" to size.

A “rough guide” to size.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture above provides an approximate size guide for a number of marine predators.  Killer Whales range in size from 5-8 metres.  Size estimates for Great White Sharks vary and the same can be said for Carcharodon megalodon as well as the marine reptiles depicted.  However, whichever way you look at it, the Mosasaurus as shown in the Jurassic World trailer is oversized.  Perhaps those geneticists at InGen simply grew a bigger Mosasaurus who knows?  Even on the Jurassic World promotional website size estimates for their attraction vary, there is one reference for fourteen metres in length, another for eighteen metres.

A number of palaeontologists now contend that Mosasaurus had a tail fluke.  The model makers CollectA created a modern interpretation of a Mosasaurus in 2014, with a tail fluke added.  Safari Ltd have a beautiful Mosasaurus model in their Wild Safari Dinos range as well as a Tylosaurus replica in the company’s Carnegie Collectibles series.

To view the CollectA range of prehistoric animals including the Mosasaurus: CollectA Prehistoric Animal Models

Comparing Different Mosasaur Models (including Tylosaurus replicas)

Comparing different models of Mosasaurs.

Comparing different models of Mosasaurs.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

The picture shows the CollectA 2014 Mosasaurus replica with its wonderful colouration and that tail fluke (top), the Wild Safari Dinos Mosasaurus model (middle) and the Carnegie Collectibles (bottom).

To view the range of Carnegie and Wild Safari Dinos models available from Everything Dinosaur: Safari Ltd Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animal Models

We are not sure how big a role the Mosasaurus is going to play in the Jurassic World movie, but we are delighted to see the addition of marine reptiles to the film franchise.  They are most welcome.

6 02, 2015

Schleich Anhanguera in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

By | February 6th, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Schleich Anhanguera Replica Available from Everything Dinosaur

The second of four new World of History prehistoric animal models scheduled to be introduced this year, the Schleich Anhanguera, is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  A few years ago, Schleich added an Anhanguera replica to their smaller “dinosaurs” model range, now the German based manufacturer have added a replica of this South American Pterosaur to their much larger World of History model range.  Anhanguera was named and described thirty years ago (1985) and this new Schleich replica shows some marvellous details.

The Schleich Anhanguera Pterosaur Model

Schleich replicas are flying high.

Schleich replicas are flying high.

Picture Credit: Schleich

Anhanguera was a member of the Ornithocheiridae family of Pterosaurs.  It had a large skull, a long neck, and a relatively small body.  Its vertebrae are fused together, as are its ribs and sternum, (breast-bone).  This anatomy forms a kind of box-like frame, which supported large flight muscles.  Modern birds have a deep keel on their sternum, an area of attachment for their flight muscles, however, Pterosaurs did not possess such an anatomical feature, as a result, it had been thought that the Pterosauria would have been poor fliers.  More recent studies, undertaken over the last thirty years or so, indicate that far from being poor aeronauts the Pterosaurs were strong fliers, capable of complex aerial manoeuvres.  The discovery of Anhanguera fossils and other flying reptiles from the now famous Santana Formation of Brazil, has helped palaeontologists to gain a much better understanding of the aerial abilities of these vertebrates, the first group of back-boned animals to develop powered flight.

Scientists now know that the Pterosaurs, had the largest neural system for processing balance information ever seen in an animal with a spine.  Flying reptiles like Anhanguera, would have been accomplished fliers, able to effortlessly skim over the waves and plunge down into the surf to snatch fish from the water, it is very likely that Anhanguera was a piscivore.  The fossils of Anhanguera santanae have proved that Pterosaurs had an exceptionally well developed part of their brain that managed spatial awareness (the flocculus).  It is the flocculus region of the brain that interprets balance information from various parts of the body and relays this information to the eyes.  In specimens of Anhanguera that were studied, nearly 8% of the entire body mass was represented by the flocculus.  In contrast, with modern Aves (birds), the flocculus organ accounts for only one to two percent of body weight.

The Schleich World of History Anhanguera

Moveable lower jaw on figure.

Moveable lower jaw on figure.

Picture Credit: Schleich

To view the range of Schleich prehistoric animal models currently in stock at Everything Dinosaur: Schleich World of History Models

It is interesting to consider that as the Atlantic became wider, Pterosaurs like Anhanguera would have ranged over this embryonic ocean.  Palaeontologists have also noted that the large wingspans of Pterosaurs such as Anhanguera santanae at over four metres would have necessitated a large flocculus as there would have been a lot of sensory information from the wings which would have had to have been interpreted by the brain.  It is likely that Ornithocheiridae Pterosaurs like Anhanguera were very accomplished fliers indeed.

Flying reptile expert Mark Witton, in his excellent book “Pterosaurs”, depicted a graceful Anhanguera flying over a turbulent Cretaceous sea.  The Pterosaur was flying over an area of the world that would eventually become southern Britain.  Anhanguera and other Pterosaurs like it, very probably flew in what is now United Kingdom airspace.

To read a review of “Pterosaurs” by Mark Witton: Pterosaurs – A Book Review

5 02, 2015

Pliocene/Pleistocene Climate Studies Supports Current Climate Change Models

By | February 5th, 2015|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories|0 Comments

Analysis of Ancient CO2 Levels Reaffirms Current Climate Change Models

A team of international researchers, including scientists from the universities of Bristol and Southampton have analysed ancient levels of carbon dioxide and used this information to reaffirm current predictions about climate change as made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  It may be some consolation to know that a study of ancient climates and their related atmospheric CO2 levels does indeed indicate that our planet is likely to respond as predicted to rising levels of this green house gas.

Two sources of prehistoric data were used, each one helping the scientists to piece together a picture of fluctuating warm and cold periods as the Pliocene Epoch led into the much cooler Pleistocene.  In a scientific paper, published in the journal “Nature”, the research team report on the level of CO2 recorded following a study of ancient marine plankton fossils taken from core samples drilled into the sea floor.  The shells of these microscopic creatures provide information on how the world’s climate fluctuated several times over one million years from around 3.3 million years ago.  This data was then cross referenced using CO2 taken from bubbles of ancient atmosphere trapped in ice drilled from both the North and South Poles.

The IPCC predictions as to how the Earth will respond to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are verified by this new research.  It was during the Pliocene, that the hominins diversified rapidly and the climate fluctuations, periods of intense cold perhaps lasting as long as 100,000 years interspersed with much warmer phases, may have acted as the spur to help these very early humans to migrate out of Africa and to spread further afield.

Scientists know that the Earth’s climate has fluctuated widely over the last 1.8 million years (start of the Pleistocene Epoch).  Temperature, annual rainfall and carbon dioxide levels have all varied cyclically.  By studying the relationship between climate change and CO2 levels during the generally warmer Pliocene, the researchers have been able to assess the validity of IPCC models which attempt to predict future climate change in response to increasing levels of CO2 gas.

Commenting on the study, co-researcher Dr. Gavin Foster (Southampton University) stated:

“We have shown that the change in Earth’s temperature for a given change in CO2, once the effect of the growth and retreat of the highly reflective continental ice sheets was taken into account, was not only identical during both the cold Pleistocene and the warm Pliocene periods, but was also similar to the understanding recently summarised by the IPCC.”

The implication therefore, is that as the world warms up, as in the Pliocene Epoch, the IPCC range of climate sensitivity is likely to be a suitable measure for predicting and describing the degree of warming we should expect.

Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have varied hugely since the Archean and although it is very much lower today than it has been for much of our Earth’s history, use of fossil fuels and deforestation have increased the concentration by as much as 35% over pre Industrial Revolution levels.

A Typical European Interglacial Landscape  (Pleistocene)

A wet and boggy landscape

A wet and boggy landscape – but things are going to get warmer

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

So we now have a model that in all likelihood seems to a reliable predictor for climate change.  The trick now is to alter our behaviour and change as a species so that the worst of the climate change can be avoided.

Given our current record, some hope.

4 02, 2015

Schleich Mini Dinosaurs in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

By | February 4th, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products, Main Page, Press Releases|0 Comments

The Very Collectible Schleich Mini Dinos Range

The Schleich mini dinosaur model range is now in stock at Everything Dinosaur.  New for 2015, Schleich have introduced a range which consists of eight highly collectible prehistoric animal figures.  The models range in size from 5.5cm to around 7.5cm in length and the set features seven dinosaurs and one member of the Pterosauria (flying reptile).

The Schleich Mini Dinosaurs Model Series

Can you name the all?

Can you name them all?

Picture Credit: Schleich /Everything Dinosaur

To view the Schleich Mini Dinosaurs on Everything Dinosaur’s website: Schleich Mini Dinosaurs New for 2015

Each one of these miniature replicas has been hand-painted and we love the different colour schemes that have been chosen.  These are certainly busy times for the design team at the German manufacturer.

Highly Collectible Schleich Mini Dinosaurs

Schleich mini dinosaurs (plus one member of the Pterosauria)

Schleich mini dinosaurs (plus one member of the Pterosauria)

Picture Credit: Schleich/Everything Dinosaur

The models are: Velociraptor, Stegosaurus, Saichania (an armoured dinosaur from Mongolia), Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Pentaceratops (both members of the Ceratopsidae), Spinosaurus and a Pterosaur – Quetzalcoatlus.

One of the New Mini “Dinosaurs” from Schleich

The Pterosaur figure in the model series.

The Pterosaur figure in the model series.

Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur

These new, inexpensive replicas are highly collectible as well as being ideal for creative, imaginative play.

3 02, 2015

Seabirds and Pterosaurs with Reception

By | February 3rd, 2015|Educational Activities, Teaching|0 Comments

Reception Class Stomping Like Dinosaurs and their Dinosaur Exhibit

Another busy day for Reception class at Eaton Primary School as they have been studying dinosaurs and other animals that lived long ago.  Our dinosaur expert was very impressed with the colourful dinosaur drawings that had been posted up around the classroom.  Under the expert tutelage of teacher Mrs Duffell, ably supported by Miss Parker (Teaching Assistant), the children had been learning together, helping each other to explore prehistoric animals.  Reception class had learned about fossils and how some of them are formed, they had used charcoal to create some very decorative Ammonite fossil drawings, it was helpful to have Ammonite fossils available for the children to handle.  Some wonderful use of vocabulary as the eager young palaeontologists explored how fossils felt.

There were some very confident counters as the class compared the size of their hands to the footprints of various dinosaurs.  Our dinosaur expert, who had visited the school for the morning, also had his hand measured.  He was told that some dinosaurs had small feet and left small footprints, whilst other dinosaurs had massive feet and left massive, huge footprints.  A lovely example of children using language to express ideas and demonstrate understanding.

A special dinosaur shop/exhibit had been set up in a corner of the classroom, a great location for role play.  Hanging above this area was a wonderful model of a seabird, that reminded our dinosaur expert of a Pterosaur (flying reptile).  Pterosaurs were not dinosaurs, but they were related to the group of reptiles called the Dinosauria.  Many Pterosaurs adapted to life in marine habitats and just like many seabirds today, they hunted fish.  Whilst the big Ammonites under the water caught fish, flying over the waves Pterosaurs were on the lookout for any fish foolish enough to swim close to the surface.

The seabird model, reminded us of the Pterosaur called Guidraco, a flying reptile whose fossils have been found in China.  The name of this flying reptile translates as “malicious ghost dragon”, with those sharp teeth even the most slippery fish would not escape.

Comparing the Model Seabird to a Pterosaur

Comparing a seabird to a flying reptile.

Comparing a seabird to a flying reptile.

Picture Credit: Eaton Primary School/Everything Dinosaur

When it came to designing the Guidraco replica, it was suggested that since this animal lived in a marine habitat, perhaps it should be coloured in a similar way to a Puffin.  The colourful crest on the Pterosaur reminds us of the large, colourful beak of the seabird that hangs over the dinosaur shop area.  Both Puffins and Guidraco Pterosaurs ate fish and the big teeth of the Pterosaur are quite impressive, but not as big as those of a meat-eating dinosaur like Tyrannosaurus rex.

A challenge was set, could the young palaeontologists work out how big a T. rex tooth was?  Could they answer the question which was bigger a Tyrannosaurus rex tooth or a banana?  No doubt the Reception class will have fun with this investigation and perhaps they can think of creative ways in which they could display the information.

To conclude the visit, the children performed their dinosaur stomping song, lots of fierce dinosaur expressions all around the classroom.

2 02, 2015

China’s Long-Necked “Dragon” Dinosaur

By | February 2nd, 2015|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans|0 Comments

Could This Jurassic Mamenchisaurid Have Helped Establish Dragon Legends?

A team of researchers from Japan, China and the University of Alberta (Canada), have announced the discovery of a new species of mamenchisaurid dinosaur.  A paper on the sixteen metre long, Middle Jurassic giant is being published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.  Mamenchisaurids are only known from Asia (majority of fossil finds from central China) and as far as we at Everything Dinosaur are aware, their fossilised remains have been restricted to Lower, Middle and early Late Jurassic aged strata.  These animals, members of the Sauropoda, may represent a radiation of Asian, long-necked dinosaurs when the continent was isolated.  How this group, renowned for their extremely long necks and large front legs are related to other components of the Sauropoda remains unclear.

The fossils of this new dinosaur species were uncovered in 2006, when locals were digging a fish pond near Qijiang City, about twenty miles south of the city of Chongqing in central China, although some vertebrae later ascribed to this species were found in the same area in the late 1990’s.  The dinosaur has been named Qijianglong, the name is pronounced (chee-gee-ang-long) and the name means “dragon of Qijiang”.  The formal, binomial name of this dinosaur that roamed the large, flat floodplains of this part of China some 160 million years ago is Qijianglong guokr.  The trivial or specific name honours the Chinese scientific social network “guokr”, which means nutshell.

New Species of Mamenchisaurid Dinosaur Described

Half the body length of this dinosaur was made up of its neck.

Half the body length of this dinosaur was made up of its neck.

Picture Credit: Lida Xing

The picture above shows an adult Qijianglong being harassed by a pair of allosaurid dinosaurs.  A flock of Pterosaurs disturbed by the presence of the dinosaurs takes to the air in the background.  Most palaeontologists believe that the long forelimbs and extraordinarily long neck of most mamenchisaurids evolved as adaptations to help these dinosaurs specialise in feeding on the tops of trees, parts of the available plant biomass that other dinosaurs could not reach.  The neck of Qijianglong was over eight metres in length, it made up half its total body length.  In comparison, most other Sauropods have necks that represent around one third of their body length.

Significantly, much of the skull of this dinosaur was found in association with the cervical vertebrae.

University of Alberta PhD student Tetsuto Miyashita, one of the co-authors of the scientific paper on this new herbivorous member of the Dinosauria explained:

“It is rare to find a head and neck of a long-necked dinosaur together because the head is so small and easily detached after the animal dies.”

Analysis of those cervical vertebrae (neck bones) showed that unique among known mamenchisaurids, the neck bones of Qijianglong had a great many air sacs in them.  This would have made the neck relatively light despite its great size.  Interlocking finger-like processes in the neck bones suggest that this dinosaur had a very stiff neck that was much more mobile bending vertically than horizontally.  The neck anatomy has been described as being similar to the steel construction and supports seen in a tower crane.

Student Miyashita added:

“Qijianglong shows that long-necked dinosaurs diversified in unique ways in Asia during Jurassic times, something very special was going on in that continent.  Nowhere else we can find dinosaurs with longer necks than those in China.  This new dinosaur tells us that extreme species thrived in isolation from the rest of the world.”

The restored Qijianglong specimen is on display in a local museum in Qijiang City, the palaeontologists involved in this study have speculated on whether the fossilised bones of these huge animals helped inspire Chinese dragon myths.  Ironically, since most Chinese dragons are depicted as long-necked reptiles, then early interpretations of dinosaur fossil material that may have inspired stories of dragons, were not too far off the mark.

1 02, 2015

Schleich World of History Kentrosaurus in Stock

By | February 1st, 2015|Dinosaur Fans, Everything Dinosaur News and Updates, Everything Dinosaur Products|0 Comments

Schleich Kentrosaurus in Stock at Everything Dinosaur

The Schleich Kentrosaurus dinosaur model has arrived and what a wonderful model of a Stegosaur this replica is.  This new, spiky dinosaur is an addition to the Schleich World of History prehistoric animal model range and it is the first of a number of exciting replicas to be added to this range in 2015.  Known, only from eastern Africa, “pointed lizard” was a typical member of the Stegosauridae.  Two species of Kentrosaurus are now recognised and the largest specimens are estimated to have reached lengths of around 4.5 to 5 metres.  For the record, females may have been larger and more robust than the males, a trait now recognised in a number of Dinosauria genera.

The Magnificent Schleich Kentrosaurus Dinosaur Model

Available from Everything Dinosaur.

Available from Everything Dinosaur.

Picture Credit: Schleich

This beautifully crafted World of History replica shows some amazing details, the sculpting on the plates and the skin texture are particularly noteworthy.  It is also intriguing to see such bold colours on a Kentrosaurus dinosaur model.  Previous Kentrosaur replicas have tended to be predominantly green in colour.

The Schleich World of History Kentrosaurus and other Schleich models can be seen here: Schleich World of History Prehistoric Animals

It is fitting for a Kentrosaurus replica to be added to Schleich’s model range this year, as 2015 marks the centenary of the naming and describing of this Late Jurassic dinosaur.  Following expeditions to the Tendaguru Beds in Tanzania by German scientists, this dinosaur was formally named and described in 1915.

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