Safari Ltd. Unleashes the “Demon” with their 2018 Anzu Wyliei!

Earlier this year I covered the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and mentioned their amazing cast of an Anzu Wyliei. Named after an ancient Mesopotamian demon, this animal (initially described as the “chicken from hell”) has the distinction of being the largest feathered dinosaur ever found in North America. With multiple specimens uncovered, it would also become the most complete Caenagnathidae (family of bird-like theropods) ever found. Discovered in 1998 and described in 2014, it’s now further solidified itself in Dinosaur pop culture with an ALL-NEW 2018 model courtesy of Safari Ltd! Though this represents the creature’s first model representation, it is unlikely to be the last.

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Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center Spotlights Modern Prehistoric Discoveries!

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It was a long drive from Moab, Utah before we’d reach the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center in Colorado; welcomed by replicas of a Styracosaurus and Daspletosaurus standing proudly outside its entrance. In choosing not to display the more traditional T-Rex and Triceratops, we could already see that this attraction would make good on its slogan of being a “whole new species of fun.” The Styracosaurus’ vibrant colors reinforced that boast as modern research suggests dinosaurs were actually quite colorful rather than the drab hues most of us saw them depicted as having in popular culture.

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