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Animantarx, latin for “living fortress” or “animated citadel” were ankylosaurians aptly named. A rare find, it had been dug up from radioactive sediments from the Cedar Mountain Formation, Utah; the first and only one of its kind.
An early ankylosaur, it was related to nodosaurs such as sauropelta and gastonia, it lacked the famous ankylosaurian tail club but makes up for it with numerous defensive scutes and spikes. Three meters in length it may have been diminutive compared to tarchia and ankylosaurus (6-8 meters and several tons) but nodosaurs evolved more gracile and swift. Of ankylosaurs, there were several varieties: giant clubbed tanks and the spiny pangolin-like nodosaur or polacanths; all were interesting glimpses on body armor evolved by the world’s most heavily defensed saurians.
Animantarx were miniature castles, herbivorous armored Ornithischians that dwelt in the Cretaceous floodplains of North America. Ankylosaur animantarx model replica is finely sculpted for the ©2012-2015 RareBreed Prehistoric Collection.
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Spinosaurus aegyptiacus has adapted to a more leviathan appearance for a semi-aquatic lifestyle, at least in line with last year’s discovery. It may have competed with other large predators such as cretaceous crocodilians and carcharodontosaurus; so adapting to water makes it both the largest terrestrial and aquatic predator on earth at 40-50 feet in length and 6 to 10 tons in weight.
As one of a kind colored and customized replica, Spinosaurus agyptiacus (below) is available at the RareBreed Gallery at slightly a larger scale than current versions. New spinosaurus vs. old model (retired) comparison side by side shows model progress as of 2015. Spinosaurus scale model replicas are finely sculpted for the Prehistoric Collection by ©2012-2015 RareBreed.
Chameleons are unusual reptiles being both highly specialized but primitive at the same time. Ranging from less than an inch to two feet in length with almost 200 varieties, some species have remained yet to be discovered. Hard to track especially are the tiny leaf or pygmy chameleons, which are as difficult finding as a moving needle in a forest-sized haystack. Most species of these omnivorous lizards however, are conveniently contained on the island of Madagascar.
Chameleons live anywhere but in cold weather from the rain forest to deserts of Africa, Asia, and Europe. From the Middle Paleocene they evolved peculiar adaptations; one being physiological color changes by using chromatophore pigments such as metallic hued iridophores. The ability to change color is believed to be for signaling and communication rather than blending into environments, with male chameleons at least. Some are ovoviviparous or bear live young which is strange even for reptiles. Larger chameleons have prehensile tails but all have independently rotating eyes and specialized tongues. And, like most reptiles chameleons see the world in a full range of colors.
Unique and upside down chameleon model replica is finely sculpted for the ©2012-2015 RareBreed Jewel Collection.
RareBreed frosted items are on sale! Models in the frosted detail material are being phased out April 29th, it’s less expensive than ultra frosted detail so get them while you still can. Frosted detail models are made of premium plastic suitable for painting with a nifty translucent effect. Now, from April 29 order almost all frosted detail items from RareBreed’s Shop at clearance prices.
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Bear or Dog?
Amphicyon meaning ambiguous dog had bear like qualities: paws, physique, and a massive wolf-like skull.
But it was neither a dog or bear but an ancestor of carnivorous mammals from the Middle Oligocene to Early Miocene Period.
It held no relation to canines or the ursidae family although they’re are nicknamed bear-dogs, amphicyons are also known aptly as bone-crushers.
These prehistoric mammals were 1.5 meters tall, 600 kg, and greater than lions or tigers in size. Bear-dogs roamed the plains of the northern hemisphere of the world long ago, from about 10 to 20 million years in the past.
Amphicyon model replica is finely sculpted for the ©2012-2015 RareBreed Prehistoric Collection.
Not quite a monster, this little lizard is actually a venomous reptile named after a river basin. The Gila monster is one of the few surviving poisonous lizards still in existence, it dwells in arid environments like the Mojave desert in North America with its relative the beaded lizard. Considered living fossils, its body is covered in bumpy osteoderms (bony plates) adding to its odd primeval look along with a venomous bite. Besides numerous invertebrates, there are relatively few species of truly venomous snakes, mammals, amphibians, fish, and rarer still -lizards. The only other potently poisonous lizards are perenties and komodo dragons. Other extinct poisonous creatures include possibly the bird-like dinosaur sinornithosaurus and therapsids uatchitodon and euchambersia.
Venom is used in the natural world as defense and a way to capture prey efficiently formed by amino acids or proteins structures that are toxic from glands. Poisonous animals usually advertise their toxicity visually with bright colors and contrasting markings or by sound; and venom injection via fangs, teeth, and stingers. The potency ranges greatly and only antivenom, cultured infected antibodies, or natural exposure from small gradual doses can reverse the ill effects. Though not considered lethally poisonous, the mythic Gila monster garners a fierce reputation despite growing merely one or two feet in length, they come in a banded or reticulated pattern and a tough outwardly appearance from a prominently “studded skin”. Gila monsters were one of the first poisonous animals to acquire legal protection and also star in various roles in monster and western movies.
Gila monster model replica is finely sculpted for the ©2012-2015 RareBreed Wildlife Collection.
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