Adjacent to one of the best-preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution, (Quarry Bank Mill), Styal Primary school is one of the most picturesque schools in the whole of Cheshire. Quarry Bank Mill might provide a handy location for learning about the cotton industry, but during the summer term, children in Reception and Year 1/2 have been travelling back further in time as they have been learning about dinosaurs and fossils.
During our morning of dinosaur themed workshops with two classes, we spotted in the tidy school hall, a large dinosaur themed mural. This Sauropod display had been created by children in the Reception class and Year 1 and it certainly brightened up what was a rather cloudy day.
A Dinosaur Themed Mural Spotted at Styal Primary School (Cheshire)
Reception and Key Stage 1 children have produced a large piece of dinosaur themed artwork for the school hall.
During our workshop, we explored the size and scale of dinosaurs, looked at fossils and tried to catch fish like a giant ammonite. Lexie, was delighted to learn that she had a name similar to the name of an armoured dinosaur that once roamed southern England. Once our busy morning of dinosaur themed workshops had concluded, our dinosaur expert discussed extension resources with the enthusiastic teaching team.
Later that afternoon, we were able to email over some pictures of Lexie’s armoured dinosaur (Lexovisaurus), along with some further information on Mary Anning. The Lexovisaurus fact sheet and scale drawing might help inspire the children when it comes to designing their own prehistoric animals – one of the many palaeontology themed challenges we set the classes.
A Video Review of the Rebor Carnotaurus “Crimson King”
The latest JurassicCollectables video to be posted is a review of the spectacular “Crimson King”, the Rebor Carnotaurus (C. sastrei), 1:35 scale dinosaur model. Rebor has continued to set the standard when it comes to 1:35 scale Theropods and this new Carnotaurus joins Acrocanthosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Yutyrannus, Utahraptor, T. rex, Velociraptor and Deinonychus in the Rebor replica range.
JurassicCollectables Reviews the “Crimson King”
Video Credit: JurassicCollectables
In this short review, (the video lasts a fraction over six minutes), viewers are given the opportunity to have a really good look at this skilfully modelled South American dinosaur. The narrator discusses various aspects of this dinosaur model. For example, he points out the care and attention to detail revealed by the sculpted roof of the mouth and that amazing coloured tongue. The articulated jaw and front limbs are demonstrated and the lava field base is also shown and commented upon.
When the fossilised remains of a single, individual specimen was discovered in the mid 1980’s, palaeontologists were very puzzled. This Theropod from Argentina, was unlike any other dinosaur that scientists had described at the time. It ended up being assigned to its own family, the Abelisauridae, along with Abelisaurus (A. comahuensis). The skin impressions, found in association with the Carnotaurus specimen, provided the researchers with some of the best-preserved dinosaur skin samples that had been discovered. The blunt snout and the thin lower jaw suggested that this dinosaur had a unique hunting strategy. The skull seemed too lightly built to cope with struggling prey, however, at an estimated eight metres in length, Carnotaurus was very probably an apex predator, although it can’t be ruled out that this dinosaur was a specialised scavenger, relying on the kills of other dinosaurs. In the JurassicCollectables video, the Rebor Tenontosaurus corpse (Ceryneian Hind) is used to provide scale for the figure.
The Rebor Carnotaurus “Crimson King” Figure
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur
The genus name was erected as this dinosaur has two prominent horns above its eyes. These horns stuck out sideways and reminded the scientists of the horns of a cow. It is not known what these horns were for, it has been speculated that they could have shown maturity, or perhaps they played a role in visual displays. Another theory put forward is that these horns protected the eyes during intraspecific combat.
The Rebor 1:35 Scale Carnotaurus Dinosaur Model (C. sastrei)
Rebor “Crimson King” Carnotaurus dinosaur model.
Picture Credit: Everything Dinosaur
Papo Brown Tyrannosaurus rex
The very informative JurassicCollectables video review also features the Papo Brown Tyrannosaurus rex model (standing T. rex figure), this replica is also used to provide scale and the Rebor Carnotaurus works very well alongside this Papo model. Look out for “off colour Alan”, who makes his regular appearance. A JurassicCollectables dinosaur model review would not be complete without an appearance of this figure!
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