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Mastodons are interesting enough elephants. Sharing its name with a heavy metal band, Mastodon, also known as Mammuts confusingly are not closely related to mammoths. They evolved 25 millions earlier than the first woolly mammoth and had different molars and musculature. While chimpanzees or bonobos evolved only 5-7 million years apart from their modern human counterparts.
A very ancient proboscidean, they’re heavily built, shorter, and more robust. Mammuts topped out at 9 feet in height and 5 tons in weight, the largest recorded individual was possibly 11 feet tall and 6 tons with an added 16.4 feet of ivory; the biggest set of tusks yet to be recorded. Impressive, considering mastodons are not even the largest variety of elephants, that title belongs to Mammuthus sungari or the very rare Songhua River mammoth; estimated at 17 feet tall and 17 tons. Mastodons browsed in coniferous forests or woodlands, these ivory equipped bulldozers perhaps traveled in herds throughout North America and Europe for a reign spanning 30 million years.
Mammut scale model replica is finely sculpted for the ©2012-2014 RareBreed Prehistoric Collection.
Possibly giving rise to accounts or tales of the mythological unicorn legend, the extinct giant “Thin Plate Beast”, was in some rights a prehistoric unicorn. It was mammoth-sized and could gallop with nearly a two meter horn; the biggest specimens were twice the size of today’s largest modern rhinos, 4 to 5 tons and 15 feet in length. One such depiction of this genus of rhinoceros in Rouffignac Cave, France shows paleolithic art, an image of what it may have looked like. This creature grazed on open steppes in Eurasia from 2.6 million to 11,000 years ago.
Elasmotherium scale model replica is finely sculpted for the ©2012-2014 RareBreed Prehistoric Collection.
A charging chasmosaurine bull by RareBreed. Pentaceratops sternbergii possess the largest skull of any known land animal; 9.8 feet from frill to beak.
Pentaceratops, meaning “five-horned face”, is related to triceratops but adorned with a more impressive skull and elaborate frill. With two brow, one nose, and two cheekbone points; this, gives its name. The largest individuals are estimated at 23 feet in length weighing up to 5 tons. Ceratopsians like pentaceratops were herbivores, possibly omnivores, from the late Cretaceous and roamed the forests of prehistoric North America.
Pentaceratops scale model replicas are finely sculpted for the Prehistoric Collection by ©2012-2014 RareBreed.
Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, the “spine lizard” from Egypt, could be the largest terrestrial carnivore averaging 50-60 feet in length and 10 metric tons.
Its only competitor may be the giant 40 feet and 8 ton Sarcosuchus imperator or “SuperCroc”, as they both might have shared the same habitats of river and swamps in search of fish or unwary prey. Apex predators such as spinosaurus and its crocodilian comtemporary lived around the same time period and place, 112 million years ago in Africa.
Spinosaurus and sarcosuchus scale model replicas are finely sculpted for the Prehistoric Collection by ©2012-2014 RareBreed.
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