Safari Ltd’s 2017 Tylosaurus: the Cretaceous Tiger of the Sea?

I was really on the fence with purchasing the 2017 Safari Ltd Tylosaurus which is surprising considering how much I love Mosasaurs; particularly this species. Last summer I traveled throughout the southwest and smack dab in what was once prime Tylosaurus territory. In fact, the beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah was once the Late Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway and rife with their fossils; one of which (affectionately named “Tyrone”) is on display at the Visitor Center. In that regard, Utah is far from alone as these marine reptiles were some of the world’s most prolific animals and their fossils can be found all over the globe.

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Safari Ltd’s 2017 Kronosaurus: Toy Titan of the Deep!

With its head the size of an adult human, and reaching over thirty feet in length, there’s little doubt that Kronosaurus was one of the top predators of the Cretaceous. It was also one of the largest short-necked pliosaurs; carnivorous marine reptiles that thrived in both the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The folks at Safari Ltd. recently released an equally impressive representation and I was eager to get a closer look at this menacing sea monster!

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Exploring the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Part 1!

After roaming the freezing streets of Pittsburgh and admiring good ole “Dippy the Dinosaur,” it was finally time to enter the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. We anxiously purchased our tickets before making our way down an immense corridor leading to the dinosaurs. I knew we were in the right place when I spied their famous “Lion Attacking a Dromedary” display.

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How does Safari Ltd’s 2017 Giganotosaurus Measure Up?

During the Late Cretaceous, and about thirty million years before T-Rex would reign over North America, an even larger meat-eater dominated what is now Argentina. Giganotosaurus (Greek for “giant southern lizard”) was discovered in 1993 and, so far as size goes, measures around forty-five feet long; placing it somewhere between Tyrannosaurus Rex and the great Spinosaurus. The current consensus in the Paleontology community is that this beast likely hunted in packs and may even have taken on the fifty-ton Argentinosaurus; one of the largest sauropods to have ever lived.  Fifteen years after its discovery, Safari Ltd released a Giganotosaurus model as part of its Carnegie line (1989-2015) which, incidentally, I’d LOVE to add to my collection. Since then, Schleich released their own version in 2014 (which will be featured in its own post soon) and this year Safari released another Giganotosaurus a.k.a. the subject of this review. Giganotosaurus is part of the Carcharodontosauridae (“shark-toothed lizards”) family of theropods who rank as some of the largest predators to have ever walked the Earth.

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Carnegie’s “Dippy the Diplodocus” gives a Pittsburgh-sized Welcome!

Earlier this month, my friend and I froze our butts off visiting Pittsburgh. We’d planned the trip a few months back, choosing Pennsylvania as our meeting place since it’s halfway between his Rhode Island and my sweet home Chicago. We were celebrating his fiftieth birthday and I had an entire weekend of activities planned; none of which he knew anything about and would all come as a surprise. Thankfully, he’s a big dinosaur fan like myself and, with but a few exceptions, most of my prehistoric pit stops have been with him. So I’m pretty sure that of all my “surprise” birthday activities, this one was probably the least shocking. I mean how could we pass up our chance of finally seeing the famed Carnegie Museum of Natural History whose diplodocus specimen was once an International sensation?

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