CollectA goes Full Frontal with Megacerops!

I just returned from visiting the Dakotas while making a few Prehistoric Pit Stops along the way. Ironically, a couple of those excursions tied in with a figure I’d just received before I left – CollectA’s Megacerops. This model is part of their Prehistoric Life Collection and, just like their Deinotherium model I reviewed in my last post, breaks the mold in terms of scientific accuracy! Whereas the previous figure depicted a relative of the modern day elephant, this two-toed ungulate was a member of the Titanothere family which shares ancestry with today’s horses, tapirs, and rhinos. It definitely looks like a rhinoceros cousin with its double horns though, unlike rhinos, these are part of the animal’s skull and “true” horns. Their unique appearance illustrates once again how diverse and amazing our planet’s prehistoric mammals truly were.

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CollectA Deinotherium – Marvelous Model for a “Terrible Beast!”

African Elephants have always been my favorite living animal and are part of a proud, diverse family that can be traced over much of the planet. These Proboscideans included some of the Earth’s largest land mammals with the subject of today’s review one of its most impressive. Deinotherium dominated Africa as well as Eurasia approximately 10 million to 10,000 years ago, possibly crossing paths with early humans. Its name means “terrible beast” and was larger than modern elephants though with a shorter trunk. Its most distinguishing characteristic, however, were its tusks that curved downward from its lower jaw. In most other members of the elephant family, tusks jut from the upper jaw and curve in the opposite direction. The reason Deinotherium’s evolved this way is still up for debate with some suggesting they were designed for digging out roots and tubers much like a backhoe. Another notable featured that differed from its more dome-headed cousins was a nearly flat skull.

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Take a “Dinosaur Expedition” at the Lake Compounce Amusement Park!

Dave’s Dinos is happy to share photos and narrative from Ashley Johnson regarding her visit to Bristol, Connecticut’s Lake Compounce Amusement Park

I have been living in New England for a couple of years now, and every year I make the one and a half hour trek from my home in Rhode Island down to Lake Compounce in Bristol Connecticut.The family amusement park boasts some amazing attractions including an gorgeous sky ride up the side of a mountain, and the voted number one best wooden roller-coaster in the world for four years running Balderdash!

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Will the Real REBOR Acrocanthosaurus please stand up?

Awhile back I did a comparison piece on the Papo and REBOR Acrocanthosaurus models. A couple of weeks later I was surprised to receive a message from the REBOR team alerting me to a bit of a snafu regarding it; namely that “their” model photographed in the post wasn’t really theirs at all but a counterfeit! Until that day, I’d always assumed knock-offs were reserved for high end items like Gucci purses or Nike shoes and had no idea that even in the world of dinosaur models consumers needed to be on guard. I thanked them for letting me know and they were kind enough to help me obtain an authentic one. So now I get to do yet another Acrocanthosaurus comparison piece, this time between REBOR and its phony RE-ject!

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Chicago’s Field Museum Welcomes JURASSIC WORLD: the Exhibition!

I’m pretty sure I speak for every dinosaur fan over forty that JURASSIC PARK (1993) was a game changer. I was twenty-two years old when it premiered and remember being totally blown away at the site of realistic looking dinosaurs on the silver screen. I had no trouble whatsoever relating to Dr. Alan Grant as he fell to his knees, all teary from seeing his lifelong obsessions come to life. True, the character was seeing them in person and not in a theater like we were, but it was pure magic nonetheless. Nearly twenty-five years later, I was finally able to get a taste of what it would have been like to be Dr. Grant thanks to an official JURASSIC WORLD Universal Studios exhibition that made its way to the Field Museum of Natural History last month and is running through January 8, 2018.

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A Prehistoric Nature Hike at “The Dinosaur Place” in Connecticut!

The Dinosaur Place Connecticut

It was an overcast morning when my best friend, David Albaugh, and I drove down from his native Rhode Island to see the Dinosaur Place in Montville, Connecticut.  He’d already written about this attraction on the site we share, Terror from Beyond the Daves, but I refused to even look at that post back then since I knew I’d want to see it for myself. Unfortunately, the one day we had to visit was slated for thunderstorms and I came dangerously close to taking a literal rain check. However, after pondering things a bit, we accepted the fact that lousy weather was no match for the magnetic pull of its super-sized dinosaur gift shop, and made the trip anyway. I’m sure happy we did as the rain held off till much later and, unlike the one hundred degree weather he dealt with during his last visit, the temperature was perfect.

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Rebor vs. Papo: Battle of the Acrocanthosaurus!

You may not be as familiar with Acrocanthosaurus as you are with Tyrannosaurus Rex but perhaps you should be. This large theropod actually predates T-Rex by 45 million years; thriving in the United States during the early Cretaceous (110 million years ago) and was likely the apex predator of its day. Its name means “high-spined lizard” which highlights its most prominent feature; a row of large neural spines jutting from its vertebrae. Aside from its awesome appearance, I also love this dinosaur because every time I think of it, I’m reminded of an inspirational story tied in with one its discoveries.

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