Author: Itstwentybelow

My name is Adam Frugé. I go by itstwentybelow on the forums. I have been fascinated by paleontology since I was three years old and have visited numerous fossil sites across North America, including Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada and Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, USA. I have displayed part of my collection in a state fair. In addition to dinosaur figures I also collect fossils. I currently live in Pullman, Washington where I am studying Anthropology at Washington State University, with special interest in human evolution and archaeology.

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Kaprosuchus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

4.5 (17 votes)
Recently described in 2009, Kaprosuchus is one of the latest additions to the extensive and continuously growing roster of known toothy prehistoric devilry. And that means nothing but good things for us paleo toy fans! With a name which aptly translates to “boar crocodile” (for obvious reasons), the 20 foot Kaprosuchus was an interesting terrestrial crocodyliform from Cretaceous Africa.

Ceratosaurus (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

3.9 (41 votes)
The famous Jurassic predator Allosaurus coexisted with its smaller, though likely equally fearsome relative Ceratosaurus during the Late Jurassic. Fossils of Ceratosaurus (“horned lizard”) have been recovered from numerous localities in North America, Africa, and Southern Europe. Unfortunately, this figure by Schleich is far more unimpressive than the real animal.

Camarasaurus (The Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd.)

4.3 (15 votes)
The Late Jurassic landscape of North America would not have been complete without its most abundant sauropod resident, Camarasaurus. Meaning “chambered lizard” due to its chambered vertebrae, Camarasaurus was among the earliest sauropod genera to be described in detail, likely due to the fact that its discovery occurred right in the middle of the famous “Bone Wars” between American paleontologists Edward D.

Styracosaurus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd)

3.4 (9 votes)
A smaller, 20 foot relative of Triceratops, Styracosaurus lived about 10 million years earlier than its more famous ceratopsian cousin. The apt name, Styracosaurus (“spiked lizard”), refers to the elaborate spiked frill. It also bore a horn on its nose. It isn’t clear whether these large spikes were intended to ward off hungry predators or if they were exclusively for mating purposes.

Macrauchenia (Prehistoric Mammal Series by Schleich)

4.9 (8 votes)
The peculiar looking ungulate Macrauchenia (“large neck”) inhabited South America for roughly 7 million years, from the Miocene to the Late Pleistocene, only becoming extinct around 20,000 years ago. This herbivorous animal resembled a camelid superficially, when in reality it was a member of an extinct order called Litopterna.

Saichania (original sculpt) (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

2.9 (7 votes)
The Late Cretaceous ankylosaurid Saichania (which means “beautiful” in Mongolian) was a moderately sized but heavily armored dinosaur whose fossils were first discovered in southern Mongolia in 1977. Saichania was a squat animal which reached a maximum length of slightly over 20 feet, making it smaller than its more famous American cousin Ankylosaurus.

Gorgosaurus (Wild Safari by Safari Ltd.)

2.2 (12 votes)
Few dinosaurs have had such a turbulent history of classification as Gorgosaurus. Due to the close similarities between this animal and Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus has sometimes been referred to as a junior synonym of Albertosaurus. Both predators were closely related and remains of both have come from the Dinosaur Park Formation in Alberta, Canada, but Albertosaurus is slightly older.

Allosaurus (original sculpt) (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

2.7 (13 votes)
The famous Allosaurus was the T.rex of the Late Jurassic. This large Theropod could reach lengths greater than 30 feet. The name means “different or “other” lizard. The first remains of Allosaurus were recovered from the Morrison Formation in Colorado in 1869, but a lot of notable specimens have been recovered from the Cleveland-Lloyd Quarry in Utah.

Styracosaurus (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

1.8 (8 votes)
A relative of Triceratops, Styracosaurus lived roughly 10 million years earlier and was much smaller, maxing out at around 20 feet in length. Perhaps the most easily distinguishable characteristic of this genus is the arrangement of six large spikes around the edge of its neck frill, giving it a fearsome appearance which has granted Styracosaurus entry into many toy lines over the years.

Carnotaurus (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

1.4 (14 votes)
The abelisaurid Carnotaurus was a peculiar theropod from Late Cretaceous Patagonia. Surviving up until the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, Carnotaurus was one of the last dinosaurs. At 25 feet long, Carnotaurus was likely a top predator in its ecosystem. The name means “flesh bull” and refers to the two wing-like brow horns protruding above the eyes and the animal’s characteristically short, deep skull.

Plateosaurus (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

3.7 (7 votes)
The large Late Triassic dinosaur Plateosaurus was a member of the prosauropods, a group of dinosaurs that would give rise to the giants of the Late Jurassic, like Brachiosaurus and Diplodocus, 50 million years later. Plateosaurus averaged around 25 feet in length. The name means “broad lizard”, and Plateosaurus was one of the earliest dinosaurs to be discovered.

Albertosaurus (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

2 (16 votes)
Albertosaurus was a theropod related to Tyrannosaurus which roamed North America during the Late Cretaceous roughly 70 million years ago. Unlike its more famous cousin, Albertosaurus existed earlier and was much smaller, reaching only around 30 feet in length. The name means “Alberta lizard”, pertaining to where the holotype specimen of this animal was discovered in 1884.

Ouranosaurus (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

2.4 (10 votes)
The 24 foot Ouranosaurus was an interesting ornithopod from Early Cretaceous Africa, where it coexisted with the fish-eating theropod Suchomimus. Its name means “brave lizard”, and some distinguishing traits of Ouranosaurus were its thumb spikes and the elongated neural spines of its back. It was once assumed that these spines supported a skin sail, but their robust form makes it seem more likely that they were for muscle attachment or supported a hump similar to a camel’s.

Maiasaura (original sculpt) (Carnegie Collection by Safari Ltd)

3.9 (10 votes)
The Late Cretaceous hadrosaur Maiasaura has become famous for being the first large dinosaur to be discovered alongside direct evidence that it cared for its young. Fossil nests associated with this dinosaur show that young dinosaurs stayed in the nest well after hatching. First discovered in Montana and described by Jack Horner, its name means “good mother lizard”.

Torosaurus (Replica-Saurus by Schleich)

4 (11 votes)
Torosaurus was a Late Cretaceous ceratopsian from North America, and its nearly 9-foot skull was among the largest of any land-based organism in natural history. The holotype specimen was discovered in Wyoming in 1891 by John Hatcher and the genus Torosaurus was established by the famous American paleontologist Othniel C.
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