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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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Stegoceras, archaeobelodon, pentaceratops, ceratosaurus, & rugops (front to back).
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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Known as terror birds, phorusrhacids were giant flightless birds that dwelt in isolation around Patagonia during the Cenozoic. Brontornis stood nearly 3 meters weighing 400 kilograms, it was possibly the largest carnivorous bird on earth. It was heavily built and relied on ambushing prey rather than speed alone; fossil studies indicated that terror birds kicked and bludgeoned prey to death with beaks rather than just biting. Brontornis could have tackled prey large as the one ton astrapotherium.
Brontornis the mighty “thunder bird” reached the upper size limit of birds, perhaps, due to egg structure or avian biology. The embryo would have been encased in an egg a meter in circumference supporting two gallons, equivalent to 150-200 chicken eggs. “Thunder birds” thrived on the savannas of the Middle Miocene for a brief moment in time during the Cenozoic which hosted some bizarre beasts endemic only to Patagonia.
Brontornis scale model replica is finely sculpted for the ©2012-2014 RareBreed Prehistoric Collection.
The most famous prehistoric big cat came in two varieties. The largest was Smilodon populator, the eastern South American giant felid had a narrow, flat skull with one foot long sabers; otherwise, it was similar to the more common variety: Smilodon fatalis.
Many ice age giants were trapped by tar pits in the fossil record including smilodons, American lions, and dire wolves which all competed for the same prey. Evolution of giant canines has evolved several times over earth’s history for carnivores as weapons against prey. Among them, smilodon was the latest and most advanced.
Nearly ten thousand years ago half-ton “carving knife tooth” cats ambushed giants of the Americas with an unique edge. Smilodon were highly specialized, large, and one of the most spectacular big cat in feline history.
Smilodon scale model replica is finely sculpted for the ©2012-2014 RareBreed Prehistoric Collection.
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