T-Rex “Stan” at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science!

While traveling through the Southwest in 2016, I stopped off at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. The purpose was to see their traveling Buzzsaw Sharks of Long Ago exhibit currently featured at the University of Texas in Austin. It featured Helicoprion fossils as well some fantastic life-size sculptures and over twenty original works of art courtesy of Ray Troll. Though it was ancient sharks that originally drew me to this Prehistoric Pit Stop, they had a pretty nice fossil collection of their own, including yet another cast of Tyrannosaurus Rex, “Stan.”

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Safari Ltd. vs CollectA: Mammoth Mash-Up!

As promised, I’m going to pit the CollectA Woolly Mammoth I reviewed recently up against Carnegie Safari Ltd.’s from years back. I’ve owned the latter since its release – well before I starting collecting. It used to sit on my home computer and merged two of my loves; elephants and prehistoric animals. There have been other woolly mammoths released by other companies but I never felt they came close to matching this one. This all changed when CollectA released their recent model as I was taken in by its pose and sheer bulk. Once it arrived, I had to decide whether it was worthy of dethroning the old mammoth and becoming the new king of the console. The decision proved easier than I thought…

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The Tumultuous Life & Times of Sue the T-Rex

I stopped by Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History last week to get a final look at Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex before the fossil is dismantled (see the previous story HERE) next month. Looking over the signage, I thought this might be a good opportunity to share some interesting tidbits with photos to help illuminate the difficult life of a T-Rex. So here are some interesting facts about Sue…

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In Steppe with Eofauna’s New Mammoth!

Considering my love for modern-day elephants, it’s a wonder I didn’t name this site “Dave’s Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Pachyderms.” The distant relatives of today’s elephants were both impressive and prolific, spanning every continent but Australia and Antarctica. Today we’ll be traveling back to the mid-Pleistocene to what was once Eurasia and focus on Mammuthus trogontherii a.k.a. the Steppe Mammoth. Larger than other mammoth species, we can all give a big “Thanks” to a scientific research company called Eofauna, allowing us model collectors a chance to put one on our own shelves. This is a European company and I ordered mine courtesy of the US-based Dan’s Dinosaurs. Be sure to pay him a visit!

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A+ Uintatherium Model Flunks Anger Management!

Dinosaurs weren’t the only amazing beasts to have roamed North America. Take Uintatherium for example. This unusual looking mammal, reminiscent of a rhinoceros with its multiple knobby horns, lived about forty to forty-five million years ago in what is now Wyoming. In fact, Uintatherium means “Beast of the Uinta Mountains” where it was discovered. It was an impressive thirteen feet long and weighed in at around 4,000 pounds. In keeping with their proud assortment of amazing prehistoric animals, CollectA added one of these to their menagerie earlier this year.

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