Buzzsaw Sharks at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science!

Continuing on with my 2016 visit to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, I should mention what drew me there in the first place. I was in the midst of a two week/3,000 mile southwest road trip and looking for things to do while passing through Albuquerque. What caught my attention was the museum featuring the traveling exhibit, “Buzzsaw Sharks from Long Ago” featuring one of the strangest members of the shark family tree, Helicoprions. These fish are notable for their unusual mouths with spiral clusters of teeth called “whorls.” For this reason, the extinct family of fish is commonly referred to as “buzzsaw sharks.”

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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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