Safari Ltd Spinosaurus
The sail-backed Spinosaurus is one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs ever discovered, able to reach nearly 50 feet long! The exact purpose of its distinctive spines that give it its name is unknown – some scientists believe it was used to regulate temperature, while others believe it may have been used for display to make the dinosaur more attractive to potential mates. Some even believe it may have had a large hump instead of a sail!
- Scientific Name: Spinosaurus aegyptiacus (Spine Lizard from Egypt)
- Characteristics: This Spinosaurus figure is sculpted in a swimming pose, fitting its likely aquatic lifestyle. Its mouth is wide open, showing of its many teeth as it searches for a fish to chomp. This highly detailed and scientifically researched figure features the distinctive crocodile-like snout and the highspined sail.
- Size and Color: This hand-painted Spinosaurus figure is quite large, befitting one of the biggest meat-eating dinos of all time. This figure measures 14 ½ inches long from its snout to the tip of its tail, and just under 5 inches tall to the top of its sail. That makes it a little longer than a standard American ruler and about as high as a soda can. The Spinosaurus is painted reddish brown above fading to lighter brown on its underside, with a dark brown scrawled pattern on its neck, sail, sides, legs and tail. It has a reddish brown crest with white teeth and a dark pink tongue and interior mouth, with light green eyes.
- The Spinosaurus is part of the Wild Safari® Prehistoric World collection
- All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free
Spinosaurus was first discovered in 1915. However, it was only known from a few bones, so other than the large spines on its back, it wasn’t really known what the rest of it looked like. These original Spinosaurus bones were destroyed during World War II.
Later material discovered in the 1990s and early 2000s gave more insight into this Cretaceous predator, including parts of the head that showed its snout was long and narrow like that of a crocodile. This unique head showed that Spinosaurus was related to similar dinosaurs like Suchomimus and Baryonyx, and also hinted that it may have hunted fish.
A partial skeleton described in 2014 radically changed the way Spinosaurus was viewed, as it showed very different body proportions than previous reconstructions, including much shorter hind limbs. This new description seemed to indicate that Spinosaurus was more suited to an aquatic lifestyle with a body built for swimming, and may have occasionally walked on four legs instead of two.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 36 L x 7 W x 12.45 H
- Size in inches: 14.17 L x 2.76 W x 4.9 H
- UPC: 095866003470
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