The Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus Reviewed by JurassicCollectables
The team at JurassicCollectables have recently published a video review of the new for 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus dinosaur model. Over recent years, palaeontologists have revised their views regarding the Spinosauridae, with the largest known spinosaurid, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus becoming the focus for an intense debate regarding the ecological role these huge Theropods played in the Cretaceous ecosystem. JurassicCollectables have taken care to highlight the characteristics and attributes of this new model, that reflect current scientific thinking, after all, it is believed that Spinosaurus was semi-aquatic.
The JurassicCollectables Video Review of the New for 2019 Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus Model
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A Dinosaur That Thought it Was a Crocodile
In September 2014, a paper was published in the journal “Science” that reviewed the S. aegyptiacus fossil material and proposed that this large predator was essentially a quadruped that had adapted to a semi-aquatic existence. Here was a meat-eating dinosaur that thought it was a crocodile. There has been a spate of aquatic Spinosaurus models, and this new figure from Safari Ltd depicts Spinosaurus in a swimming posture. In this short video from JurassicCollectables (the video review lasts approximately 6 minutes and 40 seconds), the narrator comments on the crocodilian appearance of this figure.
The Spinosaurus is Depicted in a Swimming Pose
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A Close Look at a Swimming Spinosaurus
The Safari Ltd model is in a swimming pose and the narrator takes viewers on a detailed guided tour of the figure. The webbed feet for example, are shown in close-up and there are numerous comments about the scales and the careful painting of the Spinosaurus. The figure is described as being very crocodile-like in appearance, with particular praise for the beautiful head sculpt and the subtle use of airbrushing.
To read Everything Dinosaur’s blog article on the revision of Spinosaurus published in the autumn of 2014: Spinosaurus – Four Legs are Better Than Two
Size Comparison Time – A Pair of Spinosaurs
One of the great benefits of the JurassicCollectables video reviews is that dinosaur fans and collectors get to see models in great detail, they also have the opportunity to compare figures. In this well-crafted video review, the Papo green T. rex dinosaur model is compared with the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus. Off-colour Alan makes his customary appearance and intriguingly the recently introduced Schleich Spinosaurus is compared with the Safari Ltd replica.
Comparing the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus to the Schleich Spinosaurus Model
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The similarities and differences between these two Spinosaurus models are discussed. It is interesting to hear how the narrator highlights the differences between these two figures. For example, the Schleich Spinosaurus may have an articulated lower jaw but it is actually much smaller than the Safari Ltd Spinosaurus. The Schleich Spinosaurus has a gloss sheen giving the model a “wet look”, quite apt for a semi-aquatic dinosaur, this contrasts with the Wild Safari Prehistoric World Spinosaurus that has more of a matt finish.
Our thanks to JurassicCollectables for posting up a most informative video review.
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